History is one of the shortest rounds of Major League Baseball, hitting 143 home games since 2016. He has played nine home games so far this season.
Twice Silver Slugger said he confided in Charlie Blackmon, who participated in the 2017 Home Run Derby, before making his decision.
The 28-year-old is the fourth player to confirm his participation in the event, joining Los Angeles Angels winger Shohei Ohtani, Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini and defending champion Pete Alonso of the New York Mets.
The New York Yankees include Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, the San Francisco Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and Toronto Blue Jays first basman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. they have already announced that they will not be participating in this year’s event for various reasons.
There will be four more places to fill on the Home Run Derby list before it’s done in two weeks.