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Miguel Cabrera will not participate in the Home Run Derby

Miguel Cabrera will not participate in the Home Run Derby

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on July 07, 2014

Miguel Cabrera enjoys the Home Run Derby.

“I’ll enjoy watching it,” he said on Sunday night, with an emphasis on “watching.”

He won’t be participating. Cabrera, now a nine-time All-Star, said after the Tigers’ 7-3 loss to the Rays on Sunday night that he was asked to participate but declined.

“I don’t want to mess with my swing anymore,” Cabrera said. “I got enough going on with it.”

By “enough going on with it,” Cabrera meant that the .311 average and 14 home runs and 67 RBIs – all ranking amongst American League leaders – isn’t exactly the Cabrera stat line people have grown accustomed to.

And so, one of the premier power hitters in the big leagues won’t be competing in the premier power show of the midsummer classic.

Cabrera competed in the 2010 Home Run Derby.

He was selected for a starting spot by the fans for the second time in his career, an honor he called, “very special. very special,” and an honor he said, “feels great.”

It is Cabrera’s second consecutive starting assignment at a different position – he started last year’s game in New York as a first baseman.

“We enjoy it,” he said. “We get a chance to see the best players in the world over there.”

But fans won’t get a chance to see Cabrera in the home run-hitting contest.

Because of that, Cabrera thinks, fans will get to see the real Miguel Cabrera in the second half.

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