After being considered a snub for the 2013 Home Run Derby, Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been named as the replacement for Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez in the premier all-star event.
The MLB announced the move today.
— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) July 11, 2013
Gonzalez made the decision to sit out of the contest because of the nagging finger injury.
Considering Alvarez is second in the National League with 23 home runs, he is a great replacement and likely should have been named to the NL roster for the event from the start.
Alvarez joins the likes of l League with 23 homers, so he’s a fine replacement. David Wright, Bryce Harper and Michael Cuddyer in the impressive NL line up.
For Alvarez, he is hoping that he can put on a better performance than Pirates star outfielder Andrew McCutchen did just a year ago when he laid a goose egg in the opening round of the derby.