Home Run Derby 2018: Bryce Harper Outslugs Kyle Schwarber to Win

ASSOCIATED PRESS           Washington Nationals Bryce Harper reacts to his winning hit during the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby on Monday in Washington

Harper hit the contest-winning blast in extra time, the reward for hitting two homers at least 440 feet during the 4 minutes of regulation. The Nationals have won division titles four out of the last six seasons, but have yet to win so much as a single playoff series. Hitting as many home runs as possible is a very hard challenge, especially because players had to aim for the multipliers to increase their score. Still, there was no dearth of people ready to get on the Harper's for 'cheating'.

Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber have advanced to the finals of the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park.

Harper, who had his dad pitching for him, defeated Max Muncy of the Dodgers in the semifinals to earn a spot in the finals.

There is no re-seeding: The No. 1/8 victor plays No. 4/5, while the other two quarterfinal winners match up. He had just nine homers with 50 seconds to go, before going on a rampage with nine in regulation.

Aguilar was eliminated in the first round of the Home Run Derby. He previously participated in 2013 and said he would give it another try when the All-Star Game came to Washington.

The Nationals star triggered a $1 ticket promotion with his Home Run Derby win at Nationals Park on Monday night.

The Home Run Derby is an annual competition to score the most home runs, leading to plenty of opportunities for audience catches. Then the top home run hitters in the Little League, ages 12-14, will be paired up with a Home Run Derby contestant and compete for prizes too.

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Despite a long day at the ballpark and a LOT of swings, Schwarber was still peppering the third deck in right field at Nationals Park and hit one dinger out at a whopping 111 miles per hour. He spent most of his career with the Texas Rangers and was never an All-Star.

But then, baseball's youngest-ever Most Valuable Player went on an epic hitting tear.

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Where were Major League home run leaders J.D Martinez and Jose Ramirez?

The contest serves as a warm-up attraction for Tuesday's 89th MLB All-Star Game, the first in the United States capital since 1969.

"It's so tiring", Harper said.

Harper is batting.214 - 60 points lower than any other National League All-Star.

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