Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had the daunting task of being named captain of the National League Home Run Derby Squad. After considering all of his options he texted none other than Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier to ask if the 27-year old slugger would like to participate in the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby which takes place Monday, July 14th.
"He approached me through text message and I said, 'Hopefully you'll consider me,'" Frazier said. "He got back to me the next day and said, 'You're the man.' So I can't wait to see the excitement and the nerves and the buildup. It'll be pretty cool."
Frazier is currently sitting at 17 home runs, two shy of his career-high. He currently leads all third baseman in the National League in home runs and ranks third overall in the NL.
"It's a great thing for him," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He has a very good approach at the plate that you don't want to see change. There are things that happen after the Home Run Derby that you don't know what to attribute them to, good and bad. But he's a professional and he knows how to hit and he hits home runs all the time, so I think he would be a very strong candidate as well because I know he can put the ball well beyond the fences."