Byron Buxton Turns Down Home Run Derby Invitation

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Byron Buxton is an All-Star for the first time in his career and only a portion of that honor was earned through his power at the plate. But admittedly, the Minnesota Twins’ star makes a pretty big chunk of his paycheck based on his boom potential.

Yes, he’s a great defender but Buxton’s been written into the lineup as a designated hitter more often than center fielder, of late. Entering Wednesday, Buxton’s 23 home runs were good for 6th most in MLB and his .541 slugging percentage was 10th.

Byron Buxton + Home Run Derby?

And that’s exactly why Buxton was approached recently, according to Darren Wolfson (SKOR North, KSTP), by the MLB offices to compete in the 2022 home run derby. An invitation he reportedly turned down (27:20 mark — transcribed below video).

Byron Buxton was asked to participate in the home run derby… and he has turned it down. The way it was described to me, not necessarily worried about his swing getting all bleeped up. Moreso, why put your body at risk? Why take massive swing after massive swing? It’s just not worth it. He wants to be on the field for the Twins. And the knee is not close to 100%. Now, it’s not 50%, but we know the knee isn’t close to 100%.”Darren Wolfson on SKOR North

Proving his power vs the best bombers in the business would have been fun and it’s been awhile since the Minnesota Twins have had a representative at the annual MLB power showcase. But this is the right move by Byron Buxton. The injury risk isn’t worth it. His participation in the All-Star game, itself, makes me nervous.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan