Rockies’ Trevor Story taking simple approach into All-Star Home Run Derby

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Rockies shortstop Trevor Story doesn’t want to make swinging for the fences too complicated.

“For me, it’s pretty simple,” Story said Saturday. “Just try to hit as many homers as I can. That’s the only strategy there is to have.”

Story, of course, was talking about Monday night’s All-Star Home Run Derby at Coors Field. In the first round, he’ll compete against Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo. The favorite to win launch-fest is Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani.

“The nerves are going to be there and there’s going to be a lot of excitement,” Story said. “But it’s something I’m looking forward to. It’s a special opportunity to do something at Coors, for the home club.”

At one point, Story’s 505-foot homer on Sept. 5, 2018, was ranked as the longest home run even measured at Coors Field during the Statcast era (since 2015). However, that projection of Story’s homer no longer tops the chart. Now it’s tied for third, after being recalculated at 487 feet.

Story said he plans to swing at about 70% power to send the ball over the wall, much like he does during batting practice when he’s focused on hitting a homer. He admitted, however, that adrenaline might have him swinging at “more like 95%.”

“But I’ll try to keep (the effort) down,” he added.

But with powerful sluggers like Ohtani and the Mets’ Pete Alonso (the 2019 derby champion) certain to put on a show, Story admitted he wants to hit a couple of jaw-droppers.

“I think I will let it rip, at least a couple of times,” Story said. “But there is a fine line by trying to do that too many times and kind of tiring yourself out.”

Sho-time. All eyes will be on Ohtani Monday night. Story thinks the Angels’ slugger has a chance to hit the ball over the Rooftop party deck high above the right-field stands.

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