“Hell no,” Betts told the Boston Globe. “I don’t hit home runs in BP. I’m not that kind of hitter.”
Martinez’s reason is more personal. He wasn’t selected to the annual competition back in 2015, when he had 25 home runs with the Detroit Tigers before the All-Star Break, and he’s still harboring some hard feelings.
“MLB didn’t want me,” Martinez said. “I figured I’d have the option of doing it and they said no. They had other guys they wanted, all these young guys. I was like, ‘Forget it. I’ll never do it.'”
The home run hitting contest — scheduled for July 16 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., during the All-Star Game festivities — will be looking for a new champion.