BALTIMORE -- Jose Abreu has been asked to participate in the Home Run Derby but would prefer to decline the invitation.
It’s not a surprise to learn the White Sox slugger has been offered a chance to participate in the Derby after he has taken the major leagues by storm this season with 22 home runs in his first 64 games. But Abreu said he’d rather not participate in the July 14 event to be held at Target Field.
“It’s something that if I have to be there I’ll be there,” Abreu said through the team’s manager of cultural development, Lino Diaz. “But it’s something I’m not wishing to be there. It’s a great thing. It’s just one of those things I don’t particularly wish to be on.”
The Chicago Sun-Times first reported the story. Abreu said he has participated in a similar event in Cuba and doesn’t enjoy them.
“Home Run Derby is not something I’m too crazy about,” Abreu said. “It’s a good thing, but I’m not really interested or looking forward to. I really wouldn’t want to do it. I did it in Cuba several times and I wasn’t much into it.’’