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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Harper Defeats Schwarber

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A thrilling Home Run Derby, capped off by Wilson Ramos’ former teammate taking home the crown.

MLB: All Star Game-Home Run Derby Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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Around the League:

  • It might be All Star weekend, but Trade Deadline season is fast approaching. Dan Szymborski at Fangraphs has 5 players who should be traded, even though they probably won’t be.
  • Over the weekend the St Louis Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny. Matheny’s very old school approach had the Cards doing less with more, and underperforming frequently. As Craig Edwards explains nicely, the Cards still have some work to do in the post-Matheny era.
  • Ever since the Home Run Derby changed to timed rules, it’s been the best All Star sports exhibition event in all of sports. That’s my opinion, but it’s also a fact. This year’s was no different, with “buzzer” beating HRs, close calls at 0 on the clock, and a walkoff from the home team hero.
  • Bryce Harper had his dad throwing to him for the Derby, and according to papa Harper this was not Bryce’s first Home Run Derby victory (flashback embarrassing childhood photo!).
  • With the Derby clinching HR, Harper delivered a full, two handed bat flip: