The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, left, says he's going to pass on the Home Run Derby on July 14 in Minneapolis. (Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News)
Detroit — Apparently, there still will be a Home Run Derby this year.
But it’s going to go on without the two men most fans want to see the most.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout bowed out of consideration early Sunday, and following Sunday night’s 7-3 loss to the Rays at Comerica Park, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera said no thanks, as well.
“I’m going to enjoy watching,” Cabrera said, with a smile.
Cabrera was, of course, asked to participate by the American League captain, Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. But Cabrera still isn’t feeling great about his swing, so he decided to decline.
“I don’t want to mess with my swing anymore,” Cabrera said, laughing. “I’ve got enough issues.”
After Sunday’s 0-for-3 game, Cabrera is batting .255 with two homers and 15 RBIs in his last 25 games. He’s not driving the ball with typical authority; many of flyballs that might’ve been gone in previous years have died all too quietly on the warning track this season.
Trout, meanwhile, said he likes to go enjoy the Home Run Derby from the sidelines.
Cabrera and Trout have finished 1-2 in each of the last two Most Valuable Player votes.
The Home Run Derby is July 14, at Target Field in Minneapolis. The All-Star Game is the next day.
Cabrera has twice participated in the Home Run Derby, in 2006 with the Marlins and in 2010 with the Tigers. His streak of competing every four years, however, is coming to an end.