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He wasn’t officially named baseball’s best slugger, but Bryce Harper made the Washington Nationals proud in his first Home Run Derby appearance, finishing second to Yoenis Cespedes.
Harper hit eight home runs in all three rounds, finishing just one shy of Cespedes' nine in the final round. Cespedes clinched his victory with five outs to spare as his ninth home run sailed over the center-field wall.
The second father-son team of the night -- Bryce and father Ron Harper -- surprised their audience as Ron threw his son cutters instead of the classic fastballs associated with home run hitting.
Even though it appeared Ron was doing his best impression of a major league hurler trying to pitch around Bryce (he even hit him once, leading to laughs all around), Bryce said those were the pitches he grew up seeing from his father, so he decided to rely on comfort rather than convention as his ticket to success.
With his National League partners coming up short in the early rounds, Harper was able to represent his league in the finals.
NL-captain David Wright and Pedro Alvarez were the first to exit, hitting only five and six home runs, respectively, in the first round. Harper and Michael Cuddyer represented the NL in the second round, but Cuddyer’s seven home runs fell short of Harper’s eight, which qualified him for the final.
For the American League, Prince Fielder failed to become the second player to win the Derby three times, hitting only five home runs in the first round. AL-captain Robinson Cano was also unable to make it past the first round with four homers.
Cespedes awed the crowd with his first-round performance, when he hit 17 home runs, which was more than the second place first-round finishers hit combined (Chris Davis 8, Harper 8).
However, Harper, the second-youngest player to ever participate in the Derby (behind Ken Griffey, Jr.), was not without his own awe-inspiring moments. Though he didn't hit the majestic moon shots Fielder did, Harper was credited by multiple sources with hitting the most missile-like homers, as his shots left the park in a hurry.
At only 20 years old, Harper has many years of potential Derbies ahead of him. Finishing second in his first one is him just getting warmed up.
BEST OF MAXIM
Up above, Bryce Harper discusses his hair and beard on the Red Carpet with Harold Reynolds and Greg Amsinger of MLB Network on the Red Carpet. Here's Harper on his new look:
"I started the year with a pompadour, and that was just a little combover thing...now I switched back to a mohawk... Now I've got the hawk the whole way through. Thought it'd bring me luck...
So Bryce Harper put up a good effort in the Home Run Derby last night, but not good enough to beat Yoenis Cespedes. Up above, all 24 of Harper's Derby home runs, via MLB.com.
Such an incredible opportunity to share this with my pops! I am truly blessed and humbled for this experience! #fam pic.twitter.com/ToxsO5POGb
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) July 16, 2013
Earlier this morning, we saw a look at what some of the Nike Baseball athletes will be wearing at the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field as part of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game festivities.
Now we get a look at what Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper will be wearing during the derby tonight. He'll be sporting the a personal edition of the Under Armour Spine Highlight ST.
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Harper finished second in the HR Derby. Here are his homers. [Nats Enquirer]
Harper’s family and hair made quite an impression at the Derby. [FTW, FTW]
Harper is batting ninth, playing CF in the All-Star Game. [Nats Journal]
Once again, Harper’s special All-Star spikes are really something. [Bog]
Davis popped a blister during the HR Derby...
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about knuckleballers, batting practice, crazy Coors Field seasons, Bryce Harper`s hair, and more.
Yoenis Cespedes has claimed the title of winner of this year’s Home Run Derby in Citi Field.
The Cuban slugger for the Oakland A’s was a last minute pick by American League captain Robinson Cano, and he didn’t let down. Cespedes held his own from the very beginning knocking in 17 homers in the first round alone, taking a commanding lead.
Cespedes’ power launched the balls...
Your browser does not support iframes. For those who actually enjoy the Home Run Derby, last night was a special treat. Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper, two of the most exciting young players in the game, battled it out in the finals with Cespedes coming out on top. After [...]
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His performance, aided by BP pitcher...
That GIF should say it all.
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Hopefully, the NBA was watching, because it probably could have learned something.
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Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19) vs. Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.35)
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Yoenis Cespedes put on a show during last night’s Home Run Derby, and now it’s time for the next event: the 2013 Major League Baseball All Star Game. The best players will showcase their...