HR Derby win at Nats Park would put Bryce Harper in elite company

Josh Luckenbaugh
July 16, 2018 - 1:00 pm

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Bryce Harper has already set several MLB records during his career, including but not necessarily limited to: youngest positon player selected to an All-Star Game, youngest player to be named MVP unanimously, and first player in league history to hit five Opening Day home runs before turning 25.

Harper could join another exclusive club if he wins the Home Run Derby Monday night at Nationals Park. He would become just the third player, since the introduction of the competition in 1985, to win the derby at his home ballpark. 

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The first to accomplish the feat was Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs back in 1990. The Hall of Fame infielder defeated the likes of Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, and Matt Williams (yes, that Matt Williams) at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, winning the derby with a whopping three home runs. 

A hometown derby hero would not emerge again until 2015, when the Cincinnati Reds' Todd Frazier took home the title at the Great American Ballpark. Frazier hit a total of 39 long balls on the night, edging Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-14 in the final round.

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Harper may not currently be the most beloved player on the Nationals due to his and the team's struggles this season, but a victory in the Home Run Derby next week would certainly be celebrated throughout the city, not to mention cementing his place in history with Sandberg and Frazier. 

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