Chicago Cubs fans were treated with Patrick Wisdom's fifth career multi-homer game on Thursday night as the third baseman crushed two balls over the fence in a 15-7 victory. It got him thinking about what it would be like to participate in the Home Run Derby during MLB All-Star week.
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Wisdom told reporters following the game that if he got the call, he would definitely answer. The 30-year-old has emerged as a reliable power hitter over the last two seasons, racking up 44 home runs in 178 games played. Keep in mind he also smacked 134 home runs across nine minor league seasons.
What's most impressive about Wisdom's rise to being a staple in the Cubs lineup is how often he takes advantage of the opportunity. Wisdom currently ranks tied for 20th among qualified hitters in at-bats per home run in 2022 (16.2), just one year after averaging only 8.3 at-bats per home run.
Seeing Wisdom take part in a storied part of the All-Star festivities would certainly be a highlight for Chicago fans. The last Cubs player to hit in the Home Run Derby was Kyle Schwarber (2018) and the last Cubs player to take home the title at the event was Sammy Sosa over two decades ago (2000).
All things considered, Wisdom made sure to mention his appreciation after finishing eighth in the NL All-Star voting at third base. It's possible he still ends up in LA in two weeks after all, though. For now, the Cubs have odds set at +500000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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