The Home Run Derby was won by a Cuban slugger last year when Oakland A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes took home the honors and if he gets his wish we could see another Cuban outfielder partake in the event on the eve of the All-Star Game as Yasiel Puig wants in on the event.
Colorado Rockies shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, is in charge of picking the team for the National League and according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times the Los Angeles Dodgers second-year star is under consideration.
Puig has 11 home runsin 303 at bats this season for the surging Dodgers after hitting 19 in 383 at bats as a rookie when he finished second in Rookie of the Year voting. If he is picked by his NL West counterpart, Puig would welcome the opportunity to put on a show.
“If I’m given the opportunity to be in the home run derby by captain Tulowitzki, I would appreciate it and I would give it my best since I was invited by him,” Puig tells Ken Rosenthal. “But if I’m not, I know there are lots of friends on other teams that have the opportunity as well and have done their best as well to be a part of it. Many people want to be there, but only the chosen get to participate.”
There will be players with more home runs not selected by Tulowitzki to participate, but few will be as exciting as Puig who brings a certain flair to the game of baseball and maybe we would get to see a few prodigious bat flips from the right-handed Cuban that he has made commonplace.
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