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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Will Not Participate in the Home Run Derby 2022 | For What Reason?

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
The Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at bat against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will not be in the Home Run Derby this season to take care of his health for the rest of 2022 in the Major Leagues.

As the Toronto Blue Jays player told Sportnet’s Shi Davidi, the discomfort he has felt this season in his left wrist has kept him somewhat fearful and worried.

My wrist is fine right now but I’ve got to be careful. There are too many swings in a Home Run Derby. I don’t want to take a chance that my wrist gets hurt again and it gets bad and I won’t be able to help the team win, which is what we’re trying to do here. I don’t want to risk it.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on his participation in the Home Run Derby

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. already knows what it’s like to be in a Home Run Derby after finishing second in the 2019 edition, when he lost in the final to Pete Alonso of the New York Mets.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

On that occasion, he hit 91 home runs between the three rounds of the event, something that supports Guerrero’s fear.

The Dominican has not been placed on the injured list this season, but he did miss a couple of games in May due to left wrist pain.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. From Less to More

The offensive production of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. during this campaign has been under the spotlight for not being what was expected of him– at least until the end of May.

The Blue Jays first baseman, first in All-Star Game voting among starters with 1,624,228 votes, posted a .249/.342/.780 offensive line with nine home runs and 24 towing through May 31.

From then on, after overcoming the wrist discomfort, his performance increased exponentially and in June alone he gave the same number of homers he had hit so far, hitting nine and towing 22 with a .308 batting average.

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