PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Over the last month, Phillies leftfielder Domonic Brown has taken over the National League home run lead, and put himself in prime position to become a member of the National League All-Star team. Two things even the most optimistic Domonic Brown fan didn’t expect.

It’s natural to wonder if Brown, who has 16 home runs and is on pace for over 40, may also find himself in the All-Star weekend home run derby.

You can stop wondering.

“I don’t think so,” Brown told the Delaware County Daily Times. “A lot of guys do it and that swing gets big, man. I want to keep shortening my swing up as much as I possibly can. I don’t want to go in there, (because) even in BP I don’t try to hit home runs. If I hit the ball out, I hit the ball out. But I just try to hit the ball up the middle and hit every pitch out to center field. So I really don’t want to.”

Even if the post-Home Run Derby slump is more myth that fact, if there’s concern from Brown, that’s enough to pass on the opportunity. As long as he keeps hitting them in the real games, fans will forgive him.