Josh Hamilton won't compete in HR Derby

OAKLAND, Calif. — Josh Hamilton, who had one of the most memorable Home Run Derby performances in the history of the event, will be passing again on the chance at an encore.

The Texas Rangers superstar said on Tuesday that he has was offered the opportunity to be the captain for the American League’s Home Run Derby team but that he declined and said he won’t participate at all. Hamilton has not been a part of the event since 2008, when he hit a record 28 homers in the first round.

“It’s just not the right time,” Hamilton said of passing on this year’s event. “I haven’t done it in the last couple years. I want to be healthy and be the best I can be for the team. I don’t want to take a chance of going out and hurting anything trying to entertain folks in the (Home Run Derby). That’s why I declined again.”

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