Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 6/13/12
ST. LOUIS If National League Home Run Derby captain Matt Kemp asked the current league leader in home runs to participate in next month's event, Carlos Beltran would gladly accept. "Sure, I'd do it," Beltran said Wednesday. "Why not? I've never done it so it would be a good experience. If that happens, I'd do it." Beltran, who leads the National League with 18 home runs, has been to six All-Star Games during his now 15-year big league career but he's yet to participate in the Home Run Derby. Asked whether or not the extra swings would be a problem for his troublesome knees, Beltran replied, "No. It's batting practice, you know?" Making the possibility extra special for Beltran would be the All-Star Game's location in Kansas City. The switch-hitter spent the first seven years of his career playing for the Royals before being traded to Houston in 2004. "If that happens, that would be great," Beltran said. "My career started there as a player and since I got traded, I've never been back. It's been like eight years since I've been back." Beltran will actually make his first appearance back at Kauffman Stadium next weekend when the Cardinals travel to Kansas City for Interleague play. The veteran entered Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox hitting .289 with 18 home runs, 46 RBI and 37 runs scored. He signed a two-year, 26 million deal with the Cardinals in the offseason. Major League Baseball released an update on the All-Star fan voting Tuesday and Beltran is currently second among outfielders in the National League and in line to start the Midsummer Classic on July 10.
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