Max Muncy may not have made the all-star team but he sure made himself known in the 2018 home run derby at National’s Park in Washington D.C. on Monday night. Muncy who has hit 22 home runs during the regular season was the number three seed in the derby and drew the Cubs Javier Baez in the first round, knocking the Chicago shortstop out.
The derby rules have changed in years past. Before players could swing without a time limit. They were given 10 outs (anything not a home run or foul was considered an out) and kept on hitting until they made that tenth out. Now the rules give them four minutes per round with the chance of getting an additional 30 second bonus if they hit two or more home runs of 440 feet or longer.
The derby featured massive slugger Jesus Aguilar from the Brewers, Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies and two Chicago mashers, Baez and Kyle Schwarber. Freddie Freeman of the Braves and Alex Bregman of the Astros rounded out the lineup. Of course hometown outfielder Bryce Harper was also in the mix. Hoskins drew big man Aguilar in the first round and eliminated the Venezuelan slugger by hitting 17 home runs. Aguilar was unable to keep up with the pace.
Schwarber knocked off Bregman and Harper easily took out Freeman. Muncy hit 17 home runs in the first round to eliminate Baez. He didn’t get the bonus time, but hit enough to advance to the semi-finals where he drew Harper. While Schwarber defeated Hoskins and unfortunately Harper knocked out Muncy. If you remember Joc Pederson came close to winning the derby a few years ago advancing to the finals but eventually losing to Todd Frazier. He was so close.
Muncy was super impressive though. He slugged 12 home runs in the semi-finals round. Harper hit his thirteenth with about a minute and a half to spare. All total Muncy slugged 29 home runs in the two rounds combined. Schwarber faced Harper in the finals. Schwarber swatted 18 dongs in the finals, but it was not enough to beat Harper who pulled it out with 19 homers. He hit the winning blast in the bonus time sending the home crowd into a frenzy. I actually miss Chris Berman’s back back back shtick as the crowd roared with each blast. The home run derby is fun. Now onto the all-star game which Muncy should absolutely be a part of.