Carlos Gomez--a swing made for the Home Run Derby. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Gomez Wants To Play Home Run Derby


Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, likely a lock for his second straight All-Star Game selection even if he doesn’t hold on to his lead in the fan voting—results will be announced on Sunday, would like to participate in the Home Run Derby at Target Field in Minneapolis the day before the Midsummer Classic.

Gomez, a former Minnesota Twin, used a go-between—right fielder Ryan Braun—to send a message to National League captain Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies, according to MLB.com.

“It’s his dream, dude,” Braun said with a grin. “He’s been wanting to do it since he was a bench player.”

Tulowitzki has already selected Miami Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton, which leaves three spots remaining.

One of those positions is reportedly reserved for Tulowitzki’s teammate with the Rockies, longtime Twins first baseman Justin Morneau.

Braun says Gomez is a natural.

“He would be entertaining. If he could control his emotions, I think he would do really well. Basically, every single day in batting practice is home run derby for him and in the game, it’s the same thing. Every single pitch, every situation, he tries to hit a home run and it works well for him. He’s probably one of those guys who really doesn’t have to change much of anything, which I think is advantageous in a competition like that. He would definitely be entertaining.”

For many players there would be a concern that competing in the derby could mess up their swing, but Gomez is not one of those players.

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