“I was asked by Major League Baseball, and I passed,” Votto said Sunday. “I passed because it’s a style of hitting that I never do. I’ve played every game thus far this season, and I’m concerned about two things. I’m concerned about potentially getting injured, and I’m concerned about not being able to do my very best if I can sense an injury. It’s a challenging event. It’s something that I’d rather save for the field and during the games.”
Adam Duvall participated in the Home Run Derby in 2016. Todd Frazier won the derby as a Red in Cincinnati in 2015.