Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout interested in future Home Run Derby

Tuesday July 15th, 2014

Though Angels outfielder Mike Trout turned down an invitation to take part in Monday's Home Run Derby, he said he would be interested in a future opportunity, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Trout said a lot of players around the league have been letting him hear it about the decision not to participate.

Trout indicated that his decision not to partake was influenced by the concerns of his manager Mike Scioscia.

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"If I get another chance, and if I said I wanted to do it," Trout said, "Scioscia would be against it, but he would support it."

According to Trout, Scioscia is concerned that taking so many hard swings in such a limited amount of time could hamper his performance and heighten the risk of injury.

"I don't think it will mess up my swing," Trout said.

Yoenis Céspedes of the Oakland A's won Monday night's competition for the second year in a row.

Trout, who was selected this year to his third All-Star team, is fourth in the American league with 22 home runs. 

- Sarah Barshop

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