Las Vegas’ Bryce Harper Shines At Home Run Derby
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – Youth was served at the 2013 Home Run Derby as
Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes beat Washington’s Bryce Harper,
9-8, in the final round.
The 27-year-old Cespedes became the second A’s player to win the competition
with the other being Mark McGwire in 1992. It also extended the American
League’s run of winners to seven straight years.
Harper’s 16 homers over the first two rounds were one more than Colorado’s
It’s been a long road back for the 20-year-old Harper this season. He was out
over a month due to bursitis in his left knee before returning July 1. He’s
hitting just .196 since his return, but on Monday he benefited from his
father, Ron, pitching to him and hit some impressive homers to different parts
of the field.
Bryce’s brother, Bryan, a reliever for Single-A Hagerstown, in Washington’s
minor league system, was also on hand, but not to see his sibling win the
event. The Harpers had to watch Cespedes go last in the competition and he
overtook the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year.
“Those last two rounds I could say I was a little tired,” Harper said. “It was
a lot of fun and I had a blast doing it.”
Harper, a two-time All-Star selection, proved to be a model of consistency
with eight homers in each of the three rounds. He was bidding to become the
first NL player to win the Home Run Derby since Howard in 2006.
Baltimore’s Chris Davis, who tied an American League record with 37 homers
prior to the Midsummer Classic, was eliminated in round two. He hit a total of
12 homers, including one of 502 feet.
Detroit slugger Prince Fielder, a two-time Derby champion and the 2012 winner,
was out after hitting five homers in the first round. He did, though, hit the
longest homer of the first round at 483 feet.
Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez was also eliminated in the first round after
hitting six homers. Alvarez replaced Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez, who withdrew
due to a sprained finger.
Cano, the 2011 champion, was also out after one round as he had only four
Hometown favorite David Wright was the final batter of the first round. The
Mets third baseman didn’t advance after belting five homers.
American League players hit 53 homers, three more than their NL counterparts.