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Dodgers News: Why Freddie Freeman Won’t Participate in the HR Derby

It’s looking like the Dodgers will not have a representative at the Homerun Derby this year. That marks two consecutive years that Los Angeles does not have one of their guys hitting as many balls as they can over the fence. Joc Pederson last did it for them in 2019 when he fell to Vladamir Guerrero Jr in the second round. 

But it sounds like a few Dodgers players were at least considering it. Will Smith had said he would like to participate but added that he would need to make the All-Star team for that to happen. He did not end up making the National League squad. 

And it sounds like Freddie Freeman was at least considering it. The Dodgers’ first baseman said last week that he would like to do it in the near future. But he wants to make sure that all 3 of his kids are old enough to remember the experience. Respect. 

It hasn’t been much of a power year for Freeman in his first year with the Dodgers. He has just 11 homeruns through his first 85 games after crushing 31 with the Braves last season. But that power seems to have picked up as of late, hitting 9 of his 11 in the last month and a half. 

So while it would have been fun for Dodgers fans to watch one of their guys compete, this might not be the year for it. If voters would have gotten it right and voted in Will Smith, it probably would have been a much different story. 

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