MIAMI — Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will finally get his shot in the limelight.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, captain of the National League Home Run Derby team, reached out to Stanton this week about participating in the event. He agreed.
"In Philly when I was there," Stanton said on Sunday. "Still nothing’s for sure and set in stone."
Two years ago, Stanton had to withdraw from both the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game when he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.
Stanton, who is currently fourth in NL All-Star outfielder voting, paces all NL batters with 21 homers and 60 RBI.
In 570 big-league games over five seasons, he has 139 dingers. Until Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout’s 489-foot shot Friday night, Stanton’s 484-foot blast was the longest homer of the year.
"I think Stanton’s one guy for sure that’s going to participate," Tulowitzki told MLB.com. "I think all the fans, that’s who everybody’s talking about, his humongous power. I think everybody’s excited to see him. He’s one guy I’ve reached out to, and he’s going to do it."
According to ESPN Home Run Tracker, Stanton has six no doubt long balls, tied for second in the majors. He holds the Golden Sledgehammer (minimum of eight homers) with an average true distance of 423.8 feet per home run.
There is a new five-person team format for the event, which will take place July 14 at Target Field in Minnesota.
"I’m not worried about it at all at this point though," Stanton said. "We’ve had a rough couple of games. That’s the last thing on my mind at the moment."