MIAMI — When Mike Trout makes his next appearance at Marlins Park, don’t expect to see him in the Home Run Derby.
“I don’t think so, probably not,” Trout said Saturday, when asked if he was planning to participate in the annual slugger showcase the day before the All-Star Game, which is in Miami this summer.
At this point, it would be news if Trout actually did participate. Although he’s been a player of significant interest at the All-Star game since his second season, in 2013, he has consistently declined invitations to participate in the Derby.
“I just never had a desire to do it,” Trout said Saturday.
He said his friends and family also continually ask him about it.
“They obviously want me to do it, but it’s just a personal choice,” he said. “Not one particular reason. I’m sure one day I’ll do it.”
This year Trout seems like he would be an even greater attraction than normal, because he’s off to his hottest start in terms of power. He is tied for the major league lead with 15 homers, which is the most homers he’s ever had at this point in the season. He is on pace for 48, which would surpass his previous high of 41, in 2015.
Trout has insisted it’s just a coincidence.
“I’m just barreling baseballs,” he said. “I’m not trying to hit more homers.”
The Angels activated Mike Morin from the disabled list and optioned Daniel Wright to Triple-A, adding a reliever to their overworked bullpen.
Besides the simple workload the relievers have faced lately, the move…
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