On July 10, Royals' third baseman Mike Moustakas will become the first Royals player since Danny Tartabull to take part in the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby.
Moustakas celebrated the news by hitting his 23rd home run of the 2017 season, breaking the Royals record for most home runs before the All-Star break and setting a new personal season high.
Moose is making the art of the home run look easy but the decision to accept the Home Run Derby invitation wasn’t so simple.
“I got asked to do it and I was thinking about it for a while and I talked to my wife and talked to a bunch of the boys and they said they wanted me to do it, so I am definitely very excited and it’s a once in a lifetime experience and I’m excited to do it,” Moustakas said.
Accepting the derby invitation will have him already in Miami, but his teammates are pushing to get him voted into the All-Star game as well.
Moustakas is one of the Final Five and that vote is left to the fans. If selected, it will be his second Mid-Summer Classic.
“It’s one of the most fun times playing baseball, that’s for sure,” Moustakas said. “My first game there was some amazing talent in there. You sit there and take a step back and realize that this is a pretty special thing. To get there would be amazing but everybody who is there is deserving to be there.”
Tartabull made the derby in 1991 but didn’t advance past the second round.
Before him, Bo Jackson was in the 1989 home run derby and only hit one homer.
Moustakas is hoping to represent the Royals a little better against what will be stout competition, featuring names like Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Sano, Charlie Blackmon, Justin Boar and Gary Sanchez.
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