Bryce Harper's Home Run Derby Win Gives Fans $1 Tickets

Virginia Santiago
July 19, 2018

Schwarber reached the final round after a thrilling showing in the semifinals against Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies.

As Bryce Harper was besting Schwarber in the Derby's final, Twitter was filled with serious allegations of Home Run Derby misconduct.

Bryce Harper hit a total of 45 home runs in winning Monday night's Home Run Derby at Nationals Park.

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Harper joins Ryne Sandberg and Todd Frazier as the only players to win the Home Run Derby at their home ballparks.

Harper finished second in the 2013 Derby, but things went better this time.

Milwaukee's Aguilar, the NL home run leader at the break, was eliminated in the opening round by Hoskins 17-12.

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Alone at the end of the night stood Harper, the hometown slugger facing comparisons to the hero of Ernest Thayer's famed 1888 poem, "Casey at the Bat".

With so many home runs, the Nationals tweeted that Harper earned fans $1 tickets - and an apology to the team's finance department.

The 2015 NL MVP beat Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves and Max Muncy of the Dodgers before trumping the fifth-seeded Schwarber, who put the pressure on with a solid outing before Harper stepped to the plate. And in each case, he went on a tear, hitting 12 homers after the breather in both rounds. Schwarber then barely edged out Bregman, the only American League hitter, by a score of 16-15. However, Schwarber hit a hot streak and edged him out with time to spare. Aguilar entered with 24 homers, good for the most in the National League and the most among 2018 Home Run Derby participants. Muncy followed with another victory by one, 17-16, over Javier Baez of the Cubs.

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Overall, Schwarber hit 55 home runs on the night, launching several of those over 440 feet.

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