It was one week ago that Christian Yelich withdrew from the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and was replaced by Matt Chapman of the Oakland A’s. At the time, a common question was “What about Yelich’s own teammate, Mike Moustakas?”
The answer is that Moustakas was asked, but opted to pass.
Moustakas said he received a text from the Major League Baseball Players Association that morning asking if he’d like to take Yelich’s spot. Moustakas was a natural choice with 25 home runs before the break, but after participating in the event in 2017 in Miami -- he was edged by the Twins’ Miguel Sano in the first round, 11-10 -- Moustakas decided to decline, even with $1 million up for grabs if he won.