Gary Sanchez has returned to his true form this season as one of the best power hitters in the league, so naturally he was asked to participate in this year's Home Run Derby.
The Yankees' slugger is undecided, however.
Sanchez, 26, said on Friday in London that he is mulling his decision on whether or not to participate because of his offseason shoulder surgery and plans to consult with his wife first.
"I haven't sat down and talked to her yet," Sanchez said through the team translator. "It's one of the things we plan on doing. But I also had an injury on my shoulder last year. A couple things to consider before I make a decision."
Sanchez had shoulder debridement surgery in the offseason to resolve an issue that first began showing in 2017 and further plagued him in his abysmal 2018 campaign.
While Sanchez competed in the Home Run Derby in 2017, he did not cite it as the reason for his shoulder issues. On the other hand, Aaron Judge, who won the Derby that year, did attribute his shoulder surgery following the 2017 season to competing in the Home Run Derby.
Sanchez has made significant strides to return to his former self this season following his shoulder surgery. The Yankees catcher is hitting .266 with 52 RBI and 23 home runs this season, second-best in the American League to teammate Edwin Encarnacion. He was voted as the starting catcher for the American League All-Star team on Thursday, too.
Of course, there is some more financial incentive to compete in the Home Run Derby this years. Sanchez, who is earning $669,800 this season, would win $1 million if he were to win the Home Run Derby.
"I'm thinking about it," Sanchez said. "I don't have a definite answer right now. I have to talk to my wife and my agent about it. But I'm not sure."