The chances for an absolutely epic Home Run Derby at the 2021 MLB All-Star game in Colorado just dropped considerably. Two of the game's brightest young stars have decided not to participate, as both Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr. have both opted out.
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is the defending champion in the derby from 2019 and he'll be returning in 2021. But his biggest competition from 2019 is now out. Guerrero, who lost to Alonso by one home run last time, said he'll sit out to stay fresh and be sure to avoid potential injuries. That was a huge bummer, given that the Toronto Blue Jays star is tied for the MLB lead in home runs with 23.