Bryce Harper has accepted his invitation to participate in next Monday’s Home Run Derby as part of All-Star Game festivities in New York. Harper, who was named to his second straight all-star game and first as a National League starter, becomes the first Nationals player to be named to the Home Run Derby. The 20-year-old will also become second-youngest player to ever participate in the event, older than Ken Griffey, Jr. in his 1990 appearance by only 39 days.
The event will be held at 8 p.m. next Monday, the day before the All-Star Game, at Citi Field. David Wright of the New York Mets, captain of the NL derby team, invited Harper along with Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer of the Colorado Rockies.
Harper, one of the major league’s best young hitters and most popular names, has hit 35 home runs in only 190 major league games and consistently puts on a display in batting practice with his violent, powerful swing. He has hit 13 home runs this season despite missing 31 games with left knee bursitis.
Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, captain of the American League derby team, selected Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles and Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers to join him on the AL team. Cano said he will name his fourth team member later.