Hometown hero Harper wins thrilling HR Derby over Schwarber

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Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber has reached the final round of the Home Run Derby, defeating Rhys Hoskins 21-20 with no time on the clock. Luckily for Harper, he had 30 seconds of extra time, where he hit that elusive 19th home run. "Just having the crowd out there". Well, we now know where he gets it from, and it's all about genetics. But, if by some miracle, Baez overcomes that kind of struggle this summer, I'll have to tip my hat to the first time All-Star, World Series Champion and 2016 National League Championship co-MVP.

"This trophy is really cool". "It wasn't much my body.I think you just kind of forget to breathe".

There is no re-seeding: The No. 1/8 victor plays No. 4/5, while the other two quarterfinal winners match up.

The Orioles' Manny Machado was one of them. Last year Aaron Judge stole the show and won the whole damn thing convincingly, but unfortunately he elected not to defend his title this year. The player that hits more homers in the allotted time advances to the next round.

So, instead of Judge and Stanton rattling the rafters like past year, the Derby featured All-Star leadoff hitter Javier Báez, Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, Atlanta Braves slugger Freddie Freeman and three non-All-Stars - Schwarber, Philadelphia Phillies left fielder-first baseman Rhys Hoskins and Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy. His 55 home runs are the second-most in Derby history, behind Giancarlo Stanton's 61 in 2016. The event simply lacked the kind of star power that it regularly featured in the past, which might not bode well for the future.

Fans booed Freddie Freeman and went wild less than five minutes later when Bryce Harper came up to bat. Aguilar had the second-shortest odds at 7/2, behind only Harper.

"One hundred percent - and more", Hoskins said.

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