Kyle Schwarber finishes second at MLB Home Run Derby

Tanya Simon
July 19, 2018

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper reacts to his winning hit during the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby on Monday in Washington. Following the timeout, Harper got hot, managing to tie Schwarber at 18 home runs as his original four-minute clock expired.

This particular Home Run Derby is one that the Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper will remember forever.

Harper, who had his dad pitching for him, defeated Max Muncy of the Dodgers in the semifinals to earn a spot in the finals. Rhys Hoskins put on a show.

After Hoskins hit 17 homers to eliminate Jesus Aguilar, Schwarber hit 16 to edge Alex Bregman by one.

The contest serves as a warm-up attraction for Tuesday's 89th MLB All-Star Game, the first in the U.S. capital since 1969.

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Harper, Báez and Aguilar will both follow up their Home Run Derby appearances with positions on the National League's All-Star team.

Cubs fans will want to tune in to see Javy Baez and Kyle Schwarber, who are competing on different sides of the bracket.

In the Home Run Derby, the lower-seeded hitter goes first, so let's imagine a player who just squeaks into the eight seed and participates just for the fun of it. 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.

Bryce Harper, an outfielder for the Nationals, dedicated a baseball complex in Fred Crabtree Park named after him on Monday (July 16). During the Home Run Derby as a whole, 221 homers were hit, the highest total in history. The difference was the pair of homers that Schwarber hit during 30 seconds of extra time.

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