Despite not being on the All-Star ballot, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo said he would be open to the idea of competing in the Home Run Derby.
"I'm intrigued by it for sure," Nimmo said, according to Newsday's Tim Healey. "It would be a really cool experience. There will be other factors, how I'm feeling at that point. So much can happen in a month. I think it's going to go more into how I'm feeling, but heck, it's an honor to even be asked that question."
A year ago, Nimmo hit just five home runs in 69 games; he has more than doubled that in six fewer games in 2018.
The 25-year-old Nimmo is tied with Asdrubal Cabrera for the team lead in home runs (12), which ultimately puts them in a tie for 20th in the National League. But Nimmo's .403 on-base percentage ranks fourth, .574 slugging percentage third and .977 OPS third among qualified players.
Over his last eight games, he has a .351/.385/.703 batting line with four home runs and 10 RBIs -- and one of the home runs didn't even go over the fence.
Nimmo said he hasn't yet heard from MLB about the Home Run Derby, as the competitors are typically announced shortly after All-Star rosters are finalized. He told Healey he would talk with the team, his family and past Derby participants to decide if he wants to compete, should MLB ask him.
"I would definitely get a lot of perspective," Nimmo said. "But I'm intrigued by it."
The last Mets player to compete in the Home Run Derby was David Wright, when he was eliminated after hitting five home runs in the first round at Citi Field.
Wright also competed in the Derby in 2006 when he hit 16 home runs in the first round and lost in the finals to the Phillies' Ryan Howard.
Only three other Mets have competed in the Home Run Derby: Bobby Bonilla (1993), Howard Johnson (1989 and 1991) and Darryl Strawberry (1986 and 1990). Current Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes won back-to-back Home Run Derby titles in 2013 and 2014 as a member of the Oakland A's, while third baseman Todd Frazier won it in 2015 with the Cincinnati Reds.