DENVER -- Carlos Gonzalez, who was named as a reserve outfielder to the National League All-Star team on Sunday, revealed that he has accepted an invitation by team captain Matt Kemp to participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby.
"He texted me, I believe it was yesterday, and I said, 'Yeah,'" Gonzalez said after the Rockies' 2-0 loss to the Padres on Sunday. "I'm just trying to enjoy it all. If I get the chance to be in a Home Run Derby, I want to do it."
Gonzalez said he has been in four home run contests in winter ball in his native Venezuela.
"I got second," he said. "Miguel Cabrera beat me one time.
'I'm happy to have a chance to represent the National League and the Rockies."
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