Rays Logan Morrison rips MLB invite to Yankees Gary Sanchez for HR derby field
Rays 1B Logan Morrison criticized MLB's decision to include Yankees C Gary Sanchez in the All-Star Home Run Derby.
"Gary shouldn't be there,'' Morrison said. "Gary's a great player, but he shouldn't be in the Home Run Derby.''
Morrison has a pretty good case to be included, with 24 homers that, going into play Tuesday, ranked second most in the majors. Sanchez, who joines teammate Aaron Judge among the four AL players in the eight-man field, had 13 homers.
"I remember when I had 14 home runs,'' Morrison said. "That was a month and a half ago.''
Though Morrison didn't make the AL All-Star squad, he is on the five-man ballot for the final spot. Royals 3B Mike Moustakas is in a similar position and, with 23 homers, he was invited to be take part in the Derby, as was Justin Bour of the host Marlins, who had 18.
"It's not even about that, Moustakas should be there,'' Morrison said.
"I'm not disappointed. It's par for the course. I play for the Rays. I get it. They can't even get my picture right. When they put my name up there they put Corey (Dickerson's) picture up there ... on MLB Network. When they put up the home run leaders they put Corey's swing on there not mine.''
Morrison, a former Marlin, said he was never asked about participating in the July 10 event in Miami. "Probably if they would have asked me I would have done it,'' he said.
The field is led by overall home run leader Judge plus Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, Minnesota's Miguel Sano, Los Angeles Dodger Cody Bellinger and Colorado's Charlie Blackmon. Several Rays noted and found curious that there were two Yankees in the field.
The decision process, determined in consultation with the players union, includes factors beyond current home run totals such as popularity, All-Star status, being a member of the host team and performance in previous seasons.