MLB — Bryce Harper brings down the house with epic Derby comeback

WASHINGTON — Too many days this season, Bryce Harper has looked more like a young athlete saddled with a terrible burden than a superstar on the precipice of an adventure. He’s hitting .214. The Washington Nationals are playing below expectations. And his manager, Dave Martinez, recently had to call him in and deliver a reminder of the importance of running out routine ground balls. Somber, distracted and underachieving are never a good recipe for getting the most out of a free-agent “walk” year. The stage was set for the Harper…

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Bryce Harper’s Home Run Derby win to give Washington Nationals fans $1 tickets

Bryce Harper not only gave Washington Nationals fans a treat by winning the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Monday night, he also gave them cheaper tickets. Bryce Harper finished the final round of Monday night’s Home Run Derby with 19 homers at Nationals Park, winning the contest dramatically in bonus time over Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber. The Babe used to barnstorm across America. Willie Mays played stickball in the street. None of it “counted,” but like tonight’s Derby, it didn’t have to. 1 Related Before the contest, the…

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Home Run Derby picks, must-see All-Star matchups and more

It’s Home Run Derby day in Washington, D.C. Before some of baseball’s biggest stars look to go deep at Nationals Park, we asked some of our writers to take a swing at some pressing Derby and All-Star Game questions. Home Run Derby 1. Who will hit the farthest home run of the night, and how far will it go? Jerry Crasnick: Bryce Harper hit a 473-foot, 112.1 mph-exit-velocity bomb off Philadelphia’s Nick Pivetta in early May that ranks as the fourth-longest home run in MLB this season. He’ll be ultra-motivated…

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The eight players participating in Home Run Derby All-Star Week

Youth is served in this year’s Home Run Derby, as the average age of the eight participants is 26.39 years old, the youngest field ever. None of the eight players was born when the first Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game was held in 1985. The pressure is on Bryce Harper to win in front of the home fans, but don’t be shocked if one of the season’s two biggest surprises — Jesus Aguilar and Max Muncy — continue their dream seasons with a Home Run Derby title. Here’s…

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Olney: Home Run Derby sluggers prep for the big event – Buster Olney Blog

Freddie Freeman is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and one of the eight participants in Monday’s Home Run Derby, the annual event of big and powerful and frantic hacks, and he is fully capable of hitting a baseball a long way in batting practice. It’s just that he doesn’t. Ever. Freeman chuckled in a phone conversation Friday and said, “I haven’t hit a home run in batting practice in three years.” Three years? Seriously? Freeman confirmed this. Three years. It’s one of the many interesting back stories behind this year’s Derby, related…

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2018 Belmont Derby, Belmont Oaks, and Belmont Sprint Championship

2018 Belmont Derby, Belmont Oaks, and Belmont Sprint Championship 2018 Belmont Derby, Belmont Oaks, and Belmont Sprint Championship Date: 07/07/2018 The Saturday after Independence Day is one of the highlights of the Belmont Park spring-summer meeting, with 5 rich graded stakes run that afternoon. Conditions were excellent on Long Island, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 70’s, with a fast main track and both turf courses firm. The highlight race of the afternoon was the $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/4 miles…

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Irish Derby Weekend Review | RaceBets Blog EN

Latrobe winning the Irish Derby It was another red letter day in the brief but fruitful training career of Joseph O’Brien this weekend as his Latrobe won the Irish Derby under his brother Donnacha O’Brien. This was a first classic victory for the fledgeling 25-year-old trainer with a horse that was given very little chance by many. The lightly raced son of Camelot took four runs to shed his maiden tag and in doing so did not impress people particularly the handicapper who actually dropped him a pound for…

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Weekend Preview – Northumberland Plate, Irish Derby & More

Withhold (Blue) Racing fans were really spoiled by all the top tier racing from Royal Ascot last week so you could be forgiven for assuming this weekend would be thin on quality and quantity. Although nothing could be further from the truth, there is Group action from Newmarket, the Northumberland Plate takes pride of place at Newcastle and its Irish Derby weekend at the Curragh. Higher Power winning the 2017 Northumberland Plate Northumberland Plate This 2-mile 56-yard contest is the flagship flat race at Newcastle and is always a…

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Irish Derby Preview | RaceBets Blog EN

Saxon Warrior winning the 2000 Guineas First run in 1866, the Irish Derby is a Group 1 contest ran over 1 mile 4 furlongs at the Curragh. It’s the Irish equivalent to the English Derby and Orby was the first horse to compete the English/Irish Derby double back in 1907. Eighteen horses have completed the derby double, with Harzand the most recent to do so in 2016. Unfortunately, there will be no derby double winner this year as we don’t have this year’s Derby winner Masar in the field…

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Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals, to compete in Home Run Derby if named All-Star

Big names like Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres have said in recent weeks that they would decline participating in the Home Run Derby if invited. Bryce Harper says that won’t be the case for him. tfw Bryce announces he’ll do the @MLB HR Derby if he makes the NL All-Star team… P.S. You can #VoteBryce at https://t.co/94Tjblm7Np pic.twitter.com/fcwfxwrZjo — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 22, 2018 Harper should be a shoo-in to make the NL team. In the latest fan voting, he’s second among outfielders, trailing only Atlanta’s Nick Markakis. The…

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