The 25-year-old said his father "worked his tail off every single day to provide for me and my family" and "now being able to have him throw to me in a big league ballpark is the cherry on top".
According to online sportsbook Bovada, Bryce Harper is the favorite (+225), followed by Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber at +350 and Cubs second baseman Javier Baez at +500. But if you're Bryce Harper and hitting 450-foot bombs with serious hang time, you don't have the seconds to spare.
The format has batters face off against each other in timed competitions to see who can hit the most home runs. This is the year for Cubs surprises, and what better way to accomplish that then to give all of the fans out there an all-Cubs Derby finale.
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The national anthem , the Marseillaise , rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks. The French, though, are more enamored of the players and of their coach , Didier Deschamps.
Hoskins, Schwarber and Muncy are the three derby participants who were not named All-Stars.
In the first round, Hoskins defeated Jesus Aguilar of the Milwaukee Brewers, 17-12. Either way, he was technically the first player in Home Run Derby history to hit 20 homers in the semifinals. He had earned 30 seconds of bonus time, so all it took was a few more pitches to hit one more and win.
Using a late surge, Schwarber pulled one ball after another over the right field wall to squeeze out a 21-20 victory - by far the highest-scoring matchup of the night.
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Thunderstorms are more likely to happen on Tuesday , as a cold front approaches the state from the west. The chance of thunderstorms will continue until Thursday night , forecasters said.
The Home Run Derby is arguably more exciting that the All-Star Game itself. Schwarber has put up an impressive first half of the season with 17 home runs, 39 runs batted in as well as 3 stolen bases. If anything, the way that the current bracket is set up, Baez has a real chance to break into the Derby finale.
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