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#1 elaine95 » 28.12.2018, 06:50

Bryce Harper put together one of the most memorable Home Run Derby performances Monday night inside his home stadium.The Washington Nationals outfielder outdueled Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs in the final round , and he finished off the competition with an exclamation point.Harper's 19th home run of the championship showdown with Schwarber clinched the victory and sent Nationals Park into its loudest cheer of the night.ESPN espnBryce Harper won the Home Run Derby in the most dramatic way possible. qpnvbcx0xeThe 25-year-old struggled at the start of his four-minute final round, but he came to life with a remarkable finish, as he hit nine home runs in 47 seconds, a performance that impressed everyone in attendance, including Yahoo's Jeff Passan:Jeff Passan JeffPassanBryce Harper just hit nine home runs in 47 seconds. My god.What made Harper's achievement even more impressive is he had to be perfect in the final minute, as the few pitches delivered by his father Ron before the streak of nine home runs weren't in the strike zone, as Ryan Fagan of Sporting News pointed out:Ryan Fagan ryanfaganHarper had 9 home runs with 1:20 left. The first five pitches out of the timeout were basically unhittable.He still got to 18 to tie Schwarber, with bonus seconds remaining.Harper's home runs didn't just clear the fences, they soared into upper decks, as he hit 10 dingers over 450 feet, which was one more than the other seven competitors combined for, per ESPN Stats and Info:ESPN Stats amp; Info ESPNStatsInfoAccording to statcast Rickey Henderson Jersey , Bryce Harper hit 10 450-foot HRs during the Derby. The rest of the field combined for 9. Kyle Schwarber had the second-most with 5. nEoLCpb2IiThe Nationals outfielder sprayed the majority of his home runs to right field, with few opposite-field shots flying over the fence, as MLB's Daren Willman displayed:Daren Willman darenwAll of Bryce Harpers homers tonight... Wow, what a great finish! Nationals mlb tWnsC7jDQlThe victory was an emotional one for Harper, who fed off the energy of the crowd that didn't sit down during his time at the plate.After the Home Run Derby concluded, Harper expressed how much his inner child came out during the competition, per Chelsea Janes of theWashington Post:Chelsea Janes chelsea_janesHarper is getting choked up a bit during his press conference. Really elaborating on what this place and the people here mean to him. Just haven鈥檛 seen this side of him in so long. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 the kid in me you guys saw tonight. I was very fortunate to share that with you tonight.鈥滺arper also made a bit of history Monday, as he became the third player to win the Home Run Derby in his home ballpark, joining Ryne Sandberg and Todd Frazier.In addition to etching his name alongside Sandberg and Frazier in the record book, Harper was a part of the most prolific Home Run Derby in history, as 221 home runs were hit, per ESPN Stats and Info:ESPN Stats amp; Info ESPNStatsInfoBryce Harper wins the 2018 Home Run Derby , hitting 19 in the final round.Harper is the 3rd player to win the Derby at his home ballpark, joining Todd Frazier (2015-Reds) amp;amp; Ryne Sandberg (1990-Cubs).The 221 HR tonight set a Derby record, passing the 203 at Petco Park in 2016. p1xRiS3H6IHarper is one of two Washington players with the opportunity to shine in his home stadium, as Max Scherzer starts for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game.According to Tyler Kepner of theNew York Times,Harper and Scherzer are the first pair of teammates to win the Home Run Derby and start the All-Star Game in their home ballpark:Tyler Kepner TylerKepnerBryce Harper wins, meaning that this will be the first time ever that the host of the All-Star Game has both the HR Derby winner and a starting pitcher in the ASG. (Max Scherzer)Harper could add more fireworks to his already successful All-Star week Tuesday, as he bats sixth and starts in centerfield for the National League.If he banks off the energy inside Nationals Park once again, Harper could be in contention to win the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The new manager of the Texas Rangers, whomever that may be, will have a talented group of 20-something position players who got a lot of experience during a 95-loss season.After deciding who will replace Jeff Banister Cory Spangenberg Jersey , general manager Jon Daniels has to find some starting pitchers.The Rangers also go into the offseason awaiting a final decision from future Hall of Fame third baseman Adrian Beltre on if he has indeed played his last game after 21 seasons in the majors with 3,166 hits and 477 home runs. He hit a team-best .273 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs in 119 games this year. Beltre got huge ovations from fans, teammates and opposing players when taken out midway through games the past two Sundays — in the home finale Sept. 23 and then Sunday in Seattle, where he played five seasons before one year in Boston and the last eight in Texas. His wife and 12-year-old son, who has his own locker next to his dad in the home clubhouse, were in the front row for the season finale.“I don’t know if this is going to be it, but I enjoyed every minute of it,” said Beltre, who turns 40 next April. He is expected to take a week or more to think things over.Shortstop Elvis Andrus, at 30 the team’s longest-tenured player with 10 seasons in Texas, also has a decision to make. He is halfway through a $120 million, eight-year contract that offers him the opportunity to opt out this offseason , or next, and become a free agent.“I’ll go into the offseason and decide what’s best. I love being here. I want to retire as a Ranger. That’s my motivation,” said Andrus, the only current Rangers player to be part of both of their World Series appearances. “Hopefully the big boy will come back. That will make it a lot easier.”As for the manager, bench coach Don Wakamatsu served in the interim role after Banister was fired with 10 games left and is considered a candidate for the job.The Rangers won the AL West in each of Banister’s first two years (2015-16). They now have consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2005-08, though Daniels said that wasn’t necessarily the manager’s fault when the focus switched to the development of younger players.Seven position players 25 or younger played at least 106 games this season.That includes Jurickson Profar, the likely starting third baseman if Beltre retires. Profar, who at age 19 in 2012 homered in his first big-league at-bat before shoulder issues forced him to miss two full seasons, hit .254 with 20 homers and 77 RBIS in 146 games while playing all four infield positions. Joey Gallo, the 24-year-old slugger, had his second 40-homer season in a row.MINOR ACHIEVEMENTWhen Mike Minor signed a three-year contract last offseason, he was coming off a season as a full-time reliever after missing two years because of left shoulder surgery. The 30-year-old lefty went 12-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 28 starts. He was the only pitcher to start and finish the season in the Rangers rotation. His 157 innings more than doubled his 77 2-3 in Kansas City last season.REST OF ROTATIONLefty Cole Hamels was traded in July to the Chicago Cubs , and inconsistent lefty Martin Perez likely won’t be brought back. Bartolo Colon, the 45-year-old right hander who became the winningest pitcher born in Latin America, isn’t coming back. Yovani Gallardo was 8-8 with a 5.77 ERA in 18 starts after rejoining Texas in June, right after injured Doug Fister (1-7, 4.50) made his final start.THUMB DOWNNomar Mazara missed a month on the disabled list because a sprained right thumb that still bothered him after returning to the lineup in mid-August. The 23-year-old right-fielder didn’t homer in his last 22 games, and hit 258 overall in 128 games with 20 homers for the third year in a row. He will see hand specialist this week and could have surgery.BALLPARK FAREWELLThe Rangers’ ballpark turns 25 next year, which will be the final season there before moving in 2020 to the new stadium being built across the street. The 2019 farewell season for the current ballpark opens March 28 against the Chicago Cubs — maybe against Hamels or Yu Darvish.

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