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Bryce Harper won't do 2016 HR Derby, may never participate again

Bryce Harper won't do 2016 HR Derby, may never participate again

After lighting up the 2014 Home Run Derby in New York with a second place finish, Nationals superstar Bryce Harper opted to sit out the 2015 competition in Cincinnati, in part because his father, Ron, could not throw to him after having shoulder surgery. 

On Tuesday, Harper told The Washington Post he has no plans to participate in the 2016 derby in San Diego, either. 

In fact, Harper isn't sure if he'll ever do the Home Run Derby again. At least, that's how he feels as of July 5, 2016.

"I just don’t want to, plain and simple," he said after Tuesday night's loss to the Brewers. "I just don’t really wanna do it. I justs want to enjoy my time, sit on the side and watch it a little bit. I enjoyed watching [Todd] Frazier win it last year, [but] I just don’t feel like doing it. I don’t even know if I’m gonna do it next year or the next or any other time ever. I just don’t feel like doing it."

At 23, Harper has plenty of time to change his mind. He has the tools to be one of baseball's best sluggers for the next 10 to 15 years. There will be plenty of other opportunities, including in 2018 when the event is held at Nationals Park.

For now, though, Harper has no interest.

"You could say [it's] draining," he said. "I don’t know, I don’t want ot go out there and swing and swing and swing, I guess. [Petco Park] a good park to swing it in. You’re gonna get a lot of homers to left and a lot of homers to right. It’s a fun event, but I don’t know, I just don’t care for it."

Harper has already done it once, so this won't turn into a LeBron James and the dunk contest-type situation.

But some fans out there may hope he has a change of heart, particularly in the summer of 2018. We'll see.


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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.