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I pledged some big money to Make-A-Wish for the BN Blogathon fundraiser, and I'm all too happy to give $1 for each Cubs homer, plus another $100 for Schwarber making the final: $171 headed to Make-A-Wish!
Long and towering home runs are part of Kyle Schwarber's repertoire during his first four seasons, with a few of them as major moments in a memorable era for the franchise.
Hoskins, Schwarber and Muncy are the three derby participants who were not named All-Stars.
Because he hit two homers over 440 feet, Harper got 30 seconds of extra time. He trailed Max Muncy of the Dodgers 12-4 with 2:20 left, then peeled off six homers in 47 seconds before calling a timeout. Schwarber racked up the highest total of runs with 55.
Eight sluggers, seven of whom are from the National League, will be pitted against each other in bracket form to determine the home run king.
Harper told reporters recently that he probably would not have taken part if the All-Star Game was not being played in his home ballpark.
Jesus Aguilar represented the Milwaukee Brewers in the Home Run Derby on Monday night, but fell short in the first round. As the ball cleared the wall, the left-handed hitting Harper walked out of the batter's box and thrust both arms in the air.
Bregman - the lone AL representative - appeared defeated with a minute left, but he mounted a late surge and lost when his final swing produced a drive that landed at the base of the center-field wall.
Of Hoskins' 37 homers against Phillies minor-league infield coordinator Chris Truby, the longest was a 466-foot shot in the semifinals, according to MLB Statcast. Schwarber edged Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros, 16-15, while Muncy narrowly beat Schwarber's Cubs teammate Javier Baez, 17-16.