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. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics and moved on to play for the Midland RockHounds in 2013 through 2014.
The team notified their mailing list ahead of the event vowing to reduce ticket prices of lower-level seats by $1 for every homer Harper hit, down to as low as $1.
Over the first two-and-a-half minutes of his round, the OH native hit 12 home runs. The combination of the hometown crowd-only two other players have won the derby in their own ballpark-and Harper's fantastic comeback seem destined to go down in All-Star Week lore.
Harper hit 13 home runs in the first round, eliminating Freddie Freeman and advancing to the semifinals.
Immedietely after the derby, Cubs fans were pissed as they watched the replay and Schwarber's Home Run Derby title slip away, while many were quick to point out that Harper may have "cheated" the Cubs slugger. Schwarber edged Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros, 16-15, while Muncy narrowly beat Schwarber's Cubs teammate Javier Baez, 17-16. But alas, Max Muncy was on fire, and Javy's 16 dingers weren't enough to get out of the first round. Hoskins opened up the matchup by slugging an impressive 20 home runs, but Schwarber was up to the challenge.