Berkman added to Home Run Derby
Slugger will make his third contest appearance in Pittsburgh
HOUSTON -- Lance Berkman will participate in the CENTURY 21 Home Run Derby on ESPN on Monday, July 10, as part of the All-Star festivities at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Berkman was a late addition when Major League Baseball on Wednesday added spots to a Derby roster that already consists of David Ortiz, David Wright, Troy Glaus, Ryan Howard and Jermaine Dye.
Berkman has participated in two Home Run Derbys: 2002 in Milwaukee and 2004 in Houston. He hit only one out in Milwaukee but finished as runner-up to Miguel Tejada at Minute Maid Park two years ago.
When addressing his selection to the National League All-Star team on Sunday in Arlington, Tex., Berkman said he wasn't overly anxious to participate in the Home Run Derby but would do so if asked.
"I don't want to look back and think, 'I wish I would have done this, I wish I would have done that,'" Berkman said following the Astros' 1-0 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. "I want to try to experience as many things as I can. I've done the Derby a couple of times, and it's been good. That's always a challenge."
The switch-hitter said he'll probably bat left-handed, although he'd rather swing from the right side. He is wary of throwing off the timing of his left-handed swing, which was an issue for him after the '02 Derby. In '04, he hit right-handed, and although he'd like to do the same this year, the deep fences in left at PNC may sway him to decide to hit from the left side.
"I'll see when I get there," he said.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.