Bryce Harper skipping HR Derby because of dad’s injury

Bryce Harper will not participate in the Home Run Derby.
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By Sam Galanis

First, it was Giancarlo Stanton. Now, it’s Bryce Harper.

The 2015 Home Run Derby will be without another of Major League Baseball’s best home run hitters after Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper announced he won’t be participating. The 22-year-old outfielder told reporters Monday he made the decision because his father is recovering from a rotator cuff injury and won’t be able to pitch.

“Not having dad is a huge issue for me,” Harper said, per Comcast SportNet’s Mark Zuckerman.

Harper’s 25 home runs this season are good for second in the league – tied with Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier and Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols. Stanton, the MLB’s leader with 27, isn’t participating in the event, either, after breaking a bone in his left hand.

The list of participants in the Derby hasn’t been announced, but the MLB did unveil a new format for the contest. That in itself should make things interesting, but the event certainly will be missing a little pop without Harper and Stanton.

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