Harper wins Home Run Derby at Nationals Park


The Nationals slugger said there is no added pressure to win the Derby. Apparently, the rule of the home run derby is that the pitcher can't throw the hitter another ball until the last one they hit touches the ground.

The crowd of 43,698 erupted at Nationals Park when Harper downed Muncy 13-12 with 1:11 left on the clock. With a high-powered offense, I truly believe that these 2018 Cubs are primed and ready to make the push only true Cubs fans know they are capable of.

Update III: Harper outhomered Schwarber 19-18 to win the Home Run Derby.

Harper hit the contest-winning blast in extra time, the reward for hitting two homers at least 440 feet during the 4 minutes of regulation. A camera caught Harper skipping down the runway and bounding up the steps like Rocky Balboa, and the crowd erupted when he emerged to take aim at Schwarber, according to ESPN. After stunning top-seed Jesus Aguilar of Milwaukee in the opening round, the eighth-seeded Hoskins ripped 20 long balls to put the pressure on Schwarber.

A few years ago Major League Baseball revamped the Home Run Derby format to make things more exciting and hey, it worked.

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Late, Muncy attended Baylor University and became the first ever Baylor Bear to compete in the MLB Home Run Derby. Harper is tied for eighth.

There were a few restrictions on Harper's home run promotion. He came on in the final minute of the final round, with a burst that included nine home runs on ten pitches.

Schwarber hit 16 in the first round, narrowly beating Astros infielder Alex Bregman by 1 homer.

His teammate Javier Baez couldn't get out of the first round of the competition as he was beaten by the Dodgers' Max Muncy 17-16 in the first round.