TORONTO -- Justin Morneau will not participate in this year's Home Run Derby.
The Twins' first baseman said Tuesday that he declined the invitation from Major League Baseball to take part in the event. While Morneau, who was the winner of the 2008 Derby, enjoyed the event in the past, he felt it was best not to be a participant this year.
"It just gives me a day off," Morneau said of his reasoning. "[I don't] have to prepare like I'm getting ready for a game. You don't want to go out there and embarrass yourself and not be ready and not take it seriously. Then, all of a sudden you go out there and something happens that you can't avoid. It's nothing to do with the swing or anything like that. Just sometimes you want a day off."
Four American League players committed to the Home Run Derby on Tuesday: Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, New York's Robinson Cano, Toronto's Vernon Wells and Boston's David Ortiz are all taking part.