Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant says he will decline to participate in the 2016 Home Run Derby if he’s invited, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Bryant currently has 15 home runs, tied for sixth-most in the National League.
Bryant said, “All I know is it was tough. It was very exhausting. And I don’t know if I’d want to do it again. But if [the pitchers] want to, we’ll let them do it. I don’t really want to.”
Talking about his experience during last season’s Derby, when he lost 10-9 to Albert Pujols in the first round, Bryant said, “It was a cool experience. It was just mentally draining for me, whereas I don’t know if I really got to enjoy moment as much as I should have.”
Bryant says this year he’ll “sit on the grass, do the whole bring-the-Gatorade thing.”