Rays’ Logan Morrison says Gary Sanchez shouldn’t be in HR Derby



Gary Sanchez found himself on the wrong end of a low blow. Rays first baseman Logan Morrison, who is tied for second in the majors with 24 home runs, doesn’t think the Yankees backstop is deserving of a spot at next week’s Home Run Derby.


“Gary shouldn’t be there,’’ Morrison told the Tampa Bay Times. “Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby.’’


Sanchez does have an underwhelming 13 homers this year, but he spent a month on the disabled list.


“I remember when I had 14 home runs,’’ Morrison said. “That was a month and a half ago.’’

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Logan Morrison feels Gary Sanchez's 13 home runs in 2017 don't warrant a trip to the Home Run Derby.

Logan Morrison feels Gary Sanchez’s 13 home runs in 2017 don’t warrant a trip to the Home Run Derby.

(Kathy Willens/AP)


Morrison, however, wasn’t advocating that he should take Sanchez’s spot.


“It’s not even about that,” he said. “(Royals third baseman Mike) Moustakas should be there.


“I’m not disappointed. It’s par for the course. I play for the Rays. I get it. They can’t even get my picture right. When they put my name up there, they put Corey (Dickerson’s) picture up there … on MLB Network.’’

LoMo is enjoying a career year at age 29, already hitting a career-high 24 home runs for the Rays.

LoMo is enjoying a career year at age 29, already hitting a career-high 24 home runs for the Rays.

(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)


But in the end, would Morrison, who is among those competing in the AL’s Final Vote to earn the last All-Star spot, have appreciated a shot at showcasing his power swing?

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“Probably if they would have asked me I would have done it,’’ he said.

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