On Monday morning, Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story posted on his Instagram page that he will participate in the 2021 MLB Home Run Derby at Coors Field.
Story, 28, is the fourth confirmed participant in the Home Run Derby, which will be held two weeks from today. He joins Los Angeles Angels designated hitter/pitcher Shohei Ohtani, New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, and Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini.
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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays corner infielder Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis, Jr. have already declined to participate in the Derby.
This will be the first time that he will participate in the Home Run Derby but when speaking with the media, including Rox Pile, a few moments ago, Story said that he has “always wanted to (participate) under the right circumstances” but things never worked out. However, it worked out this time as he will play in front of the home crowd.
He will also have Rockies bench coach, Mike Redmond, throw for him in the Home Run Derby.
Story said that he confided in Charlie Blackmon, who participated in the 2017 Home Run Derby in 2017. He said that he also has known that he would participate for about a week but he decided to announce it today since it is Opening Day 2.0 at Coors Field
On the season, Story has hit .254/.327/.443 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. Story has hit four of those home runs in his last six games.
It also should be noted that players do not need to be an All-Star to participate in the Home Run Derby (e.g. Justin Bour wasn’t an All-Star in 2017 when he participated) so the Rockies may be represented by another player(s) in the All-Star Game itself, which will take place two weeks from tomorrow.
In the last two full seasons of baseball, Story has had 37 and 35 home runs in 2018 and 2019. His 37 home runs in 2018 was second-best in the National League.
There will be four more spots to fill on the Home Run Derby roster before it takes place two weeks from today.