NEW YORK —
At the ultimate test for home-run hitters, Pedro Alvarez’s bat will remain silent.
Teams for Monday’s Home Run Derby during the All-Star festivities at Citi Field were announced yesterday with the Pittsburgh Pirates slugger not on the list.
Despite his 22 home runs ranking third in the National League and fifth in all of baseball heading into last night’s games, Alvarez, who earned his first All-star appearance as a reserve this season, was not chosen to take part in the annual event.
Major League Baseball announced the field Monday — or at least most of it.
Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis, who leads the majors with 33 homers, will be one of eight participants not named Alvarez in the derby.
Davis was chosen by American League captain Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees. Cano won the 2011 Home Run Derby in Arizona. They will be joined on the AL squad by Detroit Tigers bopper Prince Fielder, who won the event last year and in 2009, and a player yet to be announced.
New York Mets star David Wright, the National League captain, selected 20-year-old Washington phenom Bryce Harper along with Colorado outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer. Three of the four participants from the NL have tallied less home runs than Alvarez this season. While Gonzalez has 24, Cuddyer has 15 and Wright and Harper have 13 each.
The Home Run Derby will begin at 8 p.m. Monday from Citi Field and will be aired nationally on ESPN.