Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper delighted home-ballpark supporters Monday by winning Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby, smashing the decisive homer to centerfield with his final swing of the bat. Following the timeout, Harper got hot, managing to tie Schwarber at 18 home runs as his original four-minute clock expired.
Harper said he chose to participate in the Home Run Derby because it is in D.C. this time around.
The format has batters face off against each other in timed competitions to see who can hit the most home runs.
The Hoskins bats include tributes to Philadelphia, with the Liberty Bell and the "215" on top of the Philly skyline.
New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb won the Home Run Derby during the Landon Collins Celebrity Softball Game back in 2017 (Webb lost his crown to fellow teammate Shane Smith last month).
Hoskins advanced to the semifinals of the eight-hitter field, knocking off Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar, 17-12, in the first round. "I said, 'Max, I've got to hit nine.' He said, 'No, you've got to hit 10'". With a high-powered offense, I truly believe that these 2018 Cubs are primed and ready to make the push only true Cubs fans know they are capable of.
Bryce Harper, who said he was exhausted after taking his cuts in the first round, certainly appeared gassed in the final round.
There were a few restrictions on Harper's home run promotion. The average launch angle, exit velocity, and distance on his made-up home runs (based on Harper's nine in 47 seconds) were 33°, 107 miles per hour, and 430 feet.