Carl Crawford is the eighth member of the 400-100-100 club

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This definitely qualifies as more “interesting” than “significant” but Carl Crawford hit his 100th career homer last night to become just the eighth player in baseball history with 100 homers, 100 triples, and 400 steals.
The other guys in the 400-100-100 club: Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Lou Brock, Frankie Frisch, Kenny Lofton, Paul Molitor, and Tim Raines. All but Raines and Lofton are in the Hall of Fame, and Raines is deserving of a spot in Cooperstown even though he’ll probably never get voted in (and a decent argument can perhaps be made for Lofton too).
Not bad company, especially since Crawford just turned 29 years old earlier this month. He has a chance to crack 20 homers for the first time this season, and since debuting in mid-2002 his 100 triples are the most in baseball and he has more steals (403) than everyone but Juan Pierre (457).

Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team

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Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.

Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.

Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.