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.
“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.
Former major league outfielder Carl Crawford has been arrested in Texas on a domestic violence charge, TMZ reports. The charge was designated as “assault fam/house mem impede breath circulate,” suggesting that Crawford allegedly choked someone. Crawford surrendered to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. The alleged incident occurred in May.
Crawford was in the news last week as well when two people — a 25-year-old woman and a five-year-old boy — were found dead at his home in Houston. The boy reportedly had trouble breathing and the woman jumped in to help him.
Crawford, who owns a record label called 1501 Certified Entertainment, posted a message on Instagram about the incident:
There will likely be more information brought to light about Crawford’s alleged domestic violence incident in the coming days. It is unclear if there are any common factors between the domestic violence incident and the pool incident.