Athletics' Khris Davis Considering Participating in 2018 MLB Home Run Derby

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 28, 2018

Oakland Athletics' Khris Davis watches his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, May 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis, who is tied for fourth in Major League Baseball with 20 homers, could take part in the 2018 Home Run Derby. 

Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Davis said Wednesday he was considering joining the field for MLB's annual power-hitting exhibition. 

"I'm just going to wait and see," Davis said. "But if I do, [A's manager Bob Melvin] is throwing to me."

One potential hurdle standing in Davis' way is being named to the American League All-Star team. He ranks outside the top five designated hitters in the most recent All-Star voting update.

There have been some instances of non-All-Stars taking part in the event, including Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour in 2017. Last year's event was held at Marlins Park, so he was a hometown participant for the crowd in attendance to get behind. 

The 30-year-old Davis has never been named to the All-Star team since making his big league debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013. But he is one of the most prolific power hitters in the sport, with his 105 homers since 2016 tied with Giancarlo Stanton for most in MLB. 

This year's Home Run Derby will be held on July 16 from Nationals Park in Washington D.C. 

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