Maddon: Home Run Derby will be Bryant's decision

Published Jul. 7, 2015 4:32 p.m. ET


A lot of managers don't like their players to participate in the Home Run Derby, but Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn't going to make any decisions for Kris Bryant.

"Obviously, it's turned into a spectacle, and I get all that," Maddon told "I would be concerned about a guy who has something going on [in terms of injuries], that he doesn't aggravate anything.

"You'd probably always prefer that they don't [participate]," Maddon said. "I'm not going to tell them not to. They're big boys."

While Bryant hasn't definitively said whether he would or would not participate, he did tell that "homers are fun" and seemed to indicate he'd be open to taking part in the event.

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