Goldschmidt doesn't see himself as Derby fit

Goldschmidt doesn't see himself as Derby fit

PHOENIX -- D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is uncomfortable answering questions about the All-Star Game, preferring to focus on that night's game.

And he really cringes when people assume that he will be selected to play in the game. He is currently in first place among National League first basemen in the voting.

So when asked by reporters if he would be interested in participating in the Gillette Home Run Derby, Goldschmidt first said that he was not sure that he would be selected for the game. Then he said that he did not think he would be a good fit for the Derby.

"You guys see me hit out there, it's not something I'm doing during batting practice," said Goldschmidt, who focuses on using the whole field.

Goldschmidt entered Tuesday's action with 15 homers, sixth-most in the NL. The Derby participants for the NL will be selected by Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

"I don't think I'd do very well if I did try," Goldschmidt said of trying to hit home runs. "So it's not something if they asked that I'd be interested in doing."

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.