David Ortiz, the 2011 Home Run Derby winner, says he won't participate in the event this year if asked. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
David Ortiz, one of baseball's top sluggers, told WEEI.com that he wouldn't participate in the Home Run Derby if selected. Ortiz is close friends with Robinson Canó, who was named captain for the American League in this year's competition, but Ortiz says he will refuse a request to take part:
"If he asks me to do it? I wouldn’t do it. I’m done with that," Ortiz said. "I can’t do it no more. I can’t even do it in batting practice. Watch me in batting practice, I might lose a couple of balls but that’s it. I can’t do it. It wears me out. Wears me out. And you know the Home Run Derby can be taken lightly. You have to be young with a lot of energy."
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Ortiz was the Home Run Derby captain in 2011 but hasn't participated in it since. He won the event in 2010. Ortiz is hitting .309/394/.608 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs. He's third in the AL in slugging percentage.
The Home Run Derby will take place during All-Star weekend on July 15 at Citi Field.