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It’s Cespedes vs. Harper in the Home Run Derby final

Jul 15, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT

National League batter Bryce Harper, of the Washington Nationals, watches his home run during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Home Run Derby in New York

In the Home Run Derby your first two round totals determine whether you make the finals. Yoenis Cespedes had 17 in the first, so he was definitely going to make it. His opponent wasn’t clear, though. Now it is, with Bryce Harper hitting eight homers in round two. Chris Davis didn’t — in fact, he tore a bloody callous on his hand — and neither did Michael Cuddyer.

So the final is Cespedes vs. Harper. First two round totals are erased and it’s mano a mano. With two guys who weren’t in this league two years ago.  Cool.

  1. paul621 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    So round 3 starts at 10:30… In an event scheduled to go until 10. How does this happen EVERY YEAR? You’d think they would have figured out how long it takes by now…

    • bronco58lb - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      I miss the pre-1996 days when the Derby was one round and best total won.

    • km9000 - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      And the All Star Game is slotted for three hours total, including pre- and post-game. Good luck with that.

  2. moogro - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Harper’s dad threw a ton of pitches.

  3. 13arod - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Got one pick right i knew harper was goin to be there but i thought chris davis and harper would be in the final round

  4. historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Boom! American League!

  5. historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    As an aside, MLB, if you want more diversity in the park, you might work with Chevy to get them to make some commercials that appeal to a broader audience for you to slot in for such events. Those truck commercials could’ve used some Hispanic and black dudes (and chicks). Have you never seen a black or Hispanic person with a pickup????

    • stabonerichard - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      In the southwest Mexicans pile into pickups.

    • sire2334 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      Haha…I’m a black dude with a pickup. Granted I would never buy one new or as a primary vehicle. Bought an old beater. They come in handy and there’s ALWAYS someone who needs to borrow it.

    • bleedgreen - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Yes. I have. With as many Hispanics that in the construction and landscaping industries, they have a TON of pickups.

  6. kaboomdmv - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Not a bad derby this year. Pumped Harper got to the finals, and I’m happy it was against Yoenis.

  7. kingbuccaneer - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Nobody wants to hear your BS “diversity in commercials” shtick. We come here for baseball, damnit. Ain’t nobody got time for that

    • sire2334 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Get off my lawn!!!

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