It's the Home Run Derby, and Major League Baseball wasn't going to stop that moment from unfolding just to spark a massive controversy over a pointless home run exhibition.
In the end, the only bump in the road I see for Schwarber and Baez reaching the 2018 Home Run Derby Finale would be a weak round from either competitor. Should MLB be exposed for potentially rigging the Derby, or should we all just sit back and bask in the glory that was this year ending? In the semis, Harper topped Max Muncy 13-12 to advance to the finals.
It's been a trying season for Harper, who's hitting only.214 for the disappointing Nationals.
Harper, who has 23 home runs this season, advanced to the final with an astonishing spree of longball hitting.
Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals leads the field of eight and will act as host in Nationals Park in Washington DC. He hit six homers measured at more than 440 feet, the most of any competitor.
He started with 16 dingers in the first round, then matched Rhys Hoskins as the second player ever to hit more than 20 homers (21) in the semifinals. Luckily for Harper, he had 30 seconds of extra time, where he hit that elusive 19th home run.
The most thrilling first-round match featured a near buzzer-beater by Houston's Alex Bregman, who fell to Schwarber 16-15.
Bregman - the lone AL representative - appeared defeated with a minute left, but he mounted a late surge and lost when his final swing produced a drive that landed at the base of the center-field wall. Baez hit the longest shot of the Derby, a 479-footer.
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