Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton told reporters he would be open to participating in the Home Run Derby if he was asked. Stanton was asked and confirmed his decision.
Stanton will hit in the annual contest Monday night in San Diego, the Marlins announced Thursday. The event will be televised on ESPN and MLB.com at 8 p.m.
Stanton, 26, had a rough start to the year, but his power has been consistent. Over 73 games, Stanton is batting .231/.326/.489 with 19 home runs and 47 RBIs. He likely helped his case by ending Miami’s series in New York with four home runs over a span of two games.
Robinson Cano will face Stanton in the first round of the tournament.
Stanton had to decline invitations to a pair of Derbys because of injuries and last appeared in the contest in 2014, when All-Star festivities were held in Minnesota.
Although he will represent the Marlins in the Derby, Stanton was not one of four Miami players to be named to the National League All-Star team.