On Friday, Angels two-way wunderkind Shohei Ohtani became the first player to commit to the 2021 Home Run Derby. Reigning champion Pete Alonso wants to defend his crown, plus Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Yordan Alvarez want in as well.
One player with no interest in the Home Run Derby: Aaron Judge. Friday afternoon, the Yankees star and 2017 Home Run Derby champion told reporters, including Newsday's Laura Albanese, he plans on skipping the event unless the All-Star Game is played in New York.
"I haven't even thought of it to be honest," Judge said when asked about the Home Run Derby. "I've got no interest right now unless the All-Star Game is back in New York soon."
This is not the first time Judge has expressed this sentiment, it should be noted. Back in 2018 he said he was "one and done" with the Home Run Derby, though he's since changed his tune and is apparently open to participating whenever it returns to New York.