Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera declines invite to Home Run Derby

DETROIT - Miguel Cabrera is looking forward to the Home Run Derby next Monday.

The Detroit Tigers slugger will be watching it, though, not taking part in it.

"I'm going to enjoy watching," Cabrera told The Detroit News.

American League captain Jose Bautista invited Cabrera to join his team. He declined.

Cabrera has hit .255 with 15 RBI in his past 25 games, and told reporters, “I don’t want to mess with my swing anymore.”

The perception about the derby is that it ruins swings. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus gave Cabrera his blessing to take part in the contest last week.

The 31-year old reigning MVP was elected to start in the game at first base. Last year, he started for the AL at third base.


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