Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to skip Home Run Derby – .

Despite more heroism from Guerrero Jr., the Blue Jays lose another tough one – –

Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won’t be competing in this year’s Home Run Derby, Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae has learned.

Per Mae, Guerrero Jr. is looking forward to making the 2021 All-Star Game in Colorado, but would rather use the time to regroup and mentally refresh for the second half of the season rather than compete in the Derby.

The 22-year-old, who is tied for the top of the MLB home run leaders at 23 with Shohei Ohtani, recently said he was “more yes than no” when it came to making the rounds. ‘event, but that the final decision would be based on how her body was feeling.

“The main reason I am leaning towards yes is because I will have the privilege of having my dad there and my brothers (there) and it will be awesome,” Guerrero Jr. said. And of course, in 2019, I enjoyed the moment. I had fun. Everything was great. Now on the other hand, I have to see how my body feels. This will be the main reason for how I feel, whether I decline or not.

Guerrero Jr. made history by competing in the 2019 Derby.

En route to finally beat Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman in the first round, the Blue Jays star completed 29 home runs, surpassing Josh Hamilton’s 2008 mark of 28 for the most in a single lap in history.

In the next round, Guerrero Jr. tied his own record, finishing with another 29, and nearly hit 30, but his last bonus drive failed to break through the left-field wall at Progressive Field. The young star’s captivating run ended with 91 home runs in total, but he came close to being crowned champion, losing to Pete Alsonso whose 23 home runs in the final round beat him by one home run.


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