Josh Hamliton, the leading vote-getter in the first round of All-Star balloting, said that he turned down the opportunity to be the captain of the American League team in the Home Run Derby and followed that by declining to be one of the participants.
Hamilton has participated in the derby only once, when he hit 28 homers in the first round in 2008 at Yankee Stadium. He said that his first priority is to stay healthy, and participating in an individual event and risking injury doesn't feel right.
"I play major-league baseball, but I work for the Texas Rangers," he said Tuesday. "They need me healthy. It's not fair going out there and doing something where I could get hurt."
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was selected as the AL captain. No Rangers player has particpated in the derby since Nelson Cruz in 2009. Like Hamilton a year earlier, Cruz was the runner-up.
-- Jeff Wilson