Gary Sanchez’s response to Logan Morrison?
Basically it was ‘Hey, don’t blame me.’
“It’s not my fault he didn’t get selected,” the Yankees’ catcher said of Morrison on Wednesday morning.
Morrison, the Rays’ first baseman, took issue with Sanchez being among the eight participants — four from each league — in Monday’s Home Run Derby, telling the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday: “Gary shouldn’t be there. Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby.”
Morrison was not invited, despite having 24 home runs, tied for second in the big leagues. Aaron Judge, who will participate in the event, leads the majors with 29 homers.
“I remember when I had 14 home runs,” Morrison said. “That was a month and a half ago.”
Sanchez entered Wednesday with 14 homers in 53 games, having missed 21 games earlier in this season because a strained right biceps.
The 24-year-old, picked for the All-Star Game as a reserve, is hitting .294 with a .911 OPS.
Morrison is hitting .256 with 24 homers and 57 RBIs in 80 games. He is one of the five finalists for the American League’s “Final Vote” fan ballot (voting ends Thursday).
“What can I say?” Sanchez said. “They gave me a call, gave me an invitation to participate.”
Sanchez said his initial response was that he would participate only if he ended up being an All-Star, that he would have not have felt he earned the right otherwise. Joey Gallo of the Rangers, who has 21 homers, declined an invitation for that exact reason.
“I told them, ‘I don’t even know if I’m making the All-Star Game,’ ” Sanchez said. “If I make the All-Star Game then for sure I’ll do it. It’s an honor to participate in the event. It’s not my fault he didn’t get selected. Like I said before, I’m just happy to participate and it will be an honor to be part of it.”