PHOENIX -- Shortly after being named to the NL All-Star team over the weekend, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said he'd consider participating in the Home Run Derby if asked by NL team captain David Wright.
Wright did not get far enough down his list of candidates to ask.
When Wright revealed his picks Monday afternoon, Goldschmidt was not among them despite his 21 home runs, which rank fourth in the NL, but it turns out he was on the short list.
Wright told reporters in San Francisco he had narrowed his list before deciding on Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer of the Rockies and Bryce Harper of the Nationals. Goldschmidt was among the group of five that didn't make the cut.
"I really am sorry," Wright said. "Carlos Beltran, Domonic Brown, Goldschmidt, (Joey) Votto, (Pedro) Alvarez -- the original list that I had, I had all of those guys. The three guys that I asked to do it all said yes and jumped at it. Those are the three guys I originally asked, and those are...