MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The choice for the final spot on the National League home run derby squad was easy for captain Troy Tulowitzki.
Justin Morneau, his Colorado teammate, had the chance to go back to his baseball home in Minnesota.
Morneau missed out on the NL All-Star team, despite a renaissance season with 13 homers, 60 RBIs and a .312 batting average in his first 89 games for the Rockies. But as a former home run derby champion and a four-time All-Star with the Twins before a concussion derailed his career, Morneau seemed destined to be at the festivities this week at Target Field, in some form.
Morneau was traded by the Twins last summer to the Pittsburgh Pirates and signed with Colorado over the winter. He played 10 years for Minnesota.