Don’t blame me, Logan.
That was essentially Gary Sanchez’s response to Logan Morrison criticizing the 24-year-old Yankee catcher’s inclusion in this year’s Home Run Derby.
“It’s an honor to participate in the event. It’s not my fault that he didn’t get selected,” Sanchez said through a translator on Wednesday.
Morrison took umbrage with the fact that Sanchez has only 13 homers.
Rays’ Logan Morrison says Gary Sanchez shouldn’t be in HR Derby
“Gary shouldn’t be there,” Morrison, who is tied for third in the majors with 24 homers, told the Tampa Bay Times. Only Aaron Judge (29) and George Springer (25) have more. “Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby.”
Added Morrison: “I remember when I had 14 home runs. That was a month and a half ago.”
Asked if he feels deserving, Sanchez responded: “They (MLB) gave me an invitation. The question should really be toward them, and let them answer that. To me, it’s just an opportunity and an honor to be part of the Derby.”
Morrison claimed he wasn’t complaining about not being invited himself.
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“It’s not even about that,” he said. “Mike Moustakas (who also has 24 homers) should be there. 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.”
But when asked if he would’ve participated if invited, Morrison responded: “Probably if they would have asked me, I would have done it.”
Sanchez, who missed 21 games due to a right biceps injury and nearly two more full games during the team’s West Coast trip (one pinch-hitting appearance) with a nagging groin injury, leads all players who have hit 10 or more homers with an average home run distance of 427 feet, according to Statcast.
And over the last two seasons, Sanchez has 33 homers in 402 at-bats. His 162-game average based on those stats: 49 homers in 600 at-bats.
If only Morrison would’ve been invited and gotten the chance to face Sanchez in the bracket, small market vs. big market in the AL East, it would certainly have added even more intrigue to an event that already features giant sluggers Judge and defending champion Giancarlo Stanton.
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