July 9, 2012 2:15 PM

No hometown HR Derby relief from Selig

Here's what baseball commissioner Bud Selig had to say when asked if a spot on a Home Run Derby roster should be reserved for a hometown player.

Say, in this case, Billy Butler.

"No matter what you do in either picking the rosters or players for Home Run Derby, somebody is going to have a controversy. The (captains) are picked, then the players invite the contestants.

"I think that's great. I love players doing that themselves. I certainly wouldn't want to tell Robinson Cano or Matt Kemp who they could pick or not pick.

"By the way, to their everlasting credit, they get their guys, too. We used to have a lot of cancelations. Now everybody wants to do it."

Blair Kerkhoff

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