By Cary Osborne
Of all the incredible numbers that Corey Seager put up before the All-Star Break, there’s one number that surprises him the most.
Seventeen — as in the 17 home runs he hit.
“No I didn’t. I really didn’t. I never expected it,” Seager said on Monday in San Diego, a couple of hours before he would take part in MLB’s annual Home Run Derby. “I’ve always been more of a doubles than home runs guy. I never really had that extra juice to get it out.”
Corey Seager has officially been named a participant in the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby, beginning at 5 p.m. Monday in San Diego.
Only six rookies before this year had been in the Home Run Derby, including Dodger teammate Joc Pederson in 2015. Narrowly missing out as champion to Todd Frazier, Pederson upended the previous Home Run Derby shortcomings of Mike Piazza (1993, 1994), Raul Mondesi (1995), Hee-Seop Choi (2005), Matt Kemp (2011) and Yasiel Puig (2014).
Many have attributed Pederson’s struggles after a hot start last year to the Derby, though his statistical slide began more than a month before the Derby took place. From June 4 last year until the 2015 All-Star Break, Pederson hit .175/.322/.308 with three homers in 146 plate appearances.