Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has participated in the MLB All-Star Home Run Derby six times. There will not be a seventh time, this according to Ortiz himself who said he’s “done” with that.
Speaking to WEEI.com, the powerful first baseman said it’s time to move on from the event and wouldn’t even participate if his friend and rival from the New York Yankees, Robinson Cano (who was named captain of the American League team for the upcoming derby) asked him.
Per Ortiz, via WEEI:
“If he asks me to do it? I wouldn’t do it. I’m done with that,” Ortiz told WEEI.com prior to the Red Sox’ Wednesday night win over the Rays. “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.”
The winner of the 2010 Derby, Ortiz hasn’t participated since 2011 where he was captain of the American League squad.