Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Max Muncy says he will participate in the Home Run Derby next Monday at Nationals Park in Washington.
Muncy is also a candidate for the All-Star Final Vote with a roster spot on the https://www.authenticjerseyscity.com/ National League All-Star team at stake.
The infielder, appearing Monday on AM 570 radio in Los Angeles, said Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward will pitch to him during the Home Run Derby.
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who won last year’s Home Run Derby, has said he will not participate this year.
Albies snapped Atlanta’s power drought with two homers, and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Wednesday to move back into a tie for the NL wholesale jerseys East lead.
Albies’ mother, Judari, arrived from their Curacao home on Tuesday night. It was a rare opportunity for the 21-year-old second baseman to play with his mother in the stands.
He made the most of the night by fulfilling his mother’s request to reach 20 homers — a level not expected of 5-foot-8, 165-pound middle infielders.
It feels amazing. She told me before I left Curacao she wants 20 this year, he said. To have it right in front of her, she saw it live, so I hope she’s happy today.
Albies leads the Braves in homers, even though first baseman Freddie Freeman, who has 16, will participate in next week’s All-Star Home Run Derby.
They asked me if I wanted to participate, Albies said. I said yes. I guess I didn’t make it. … I’ll bring him Gatorade.
Albies is the first Atlanta player since Andruw Jones, also a native of Curacao, in 2006 to hit 20 home runs before the All-Star break.
It must be a Curacao thing, I guess, Albies said.
Albies, headed to his first All-Star Game next week, led off the sixth with a drive off Luis Santos that ended Atlanta’s season-long stretch of five games without a homer. He also had a sacrifice fly in the Braves’ six-run second.