Bryce Harper may not participate in the 2015 Home Run Derby

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has unarguably been baseball’s most productive hitter this season, tied with Nelson Cruz for the major league lead in home runs with 18. Fans may not get to see him hit any dingers at the 2015 Home Run Derby in Cincinnati this summer, however.

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports:

With his father – and pitcher – on the disabled list, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said he may not participate in this year’s Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park, but he hasn’t made a final decision yet.

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“I probably won’t be able to do it this year, because he’s my guy,” Harper said of his father.

It would be extra special, because the elder Harper was a big Reds fan growing up.

Harper, 22, owns an MVP-caliber .325/.469/.724 triple-slash line along with the 18 home runs and 43 RBI. He is no stranger to the home run derby, as he finished as a runner-up to then-Athletic Yoenis Cespedes in the 2013 Derby.

Blue Jays hire Don Mattingly as bench coach

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TORONTO — Don Mattingly is joining the Toronto Blue Jays as bench coach to manager John Schneider, the team announced.

The former New York Yankees slugger, a six-time All-Star, joins the Blue Jays after seven seasons as manager of the Florida Marlins, where he won NL Manager of the Year honors in 2020.

Mattingly previously spent five seasons as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning three division titles in that span. He also worked as hitting coach and bench coach for the Yankees, and as hitting coach of the Dodgers before his managerial stint in Los Angeles.

In Toronto, Mattingly replaces Casey Candaele, who was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to serve as Schneider’s bench coach after the Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo in July, replacing him with Schneider. The Blue Jays said Candaele will resume his job as manager of the Triple-A Bisons in 2023.

Mattingly spent his entire 14-year playing career with the Yankees, winning nine Gold Glove awards at first base, three Silver Slugger awards, the 1984 AL batting title and the 1985 AL MVP award.