Matt Kemp Says He Won't Select Bryce Harper to Participate in the Home Run Derby Next Month

Matt Kemp Says He Won't Select Bryce Harper to Participate in the Home Run Derby Next Month

If you've been waiting patiently to see Bryce Harper participate in the Home Run Derby on July 10, we've got some bad news for you: You're gonna have to wait another year. Although it'd make perfect sense for Harper to take part in this year's competition—who doesn't want to watch that guy play baseball right now?—National League captain Matt Kemp has already decided that he won't ask Harper to participate in the event. Why? Well, Kemp says it's definitely not because he's a rookie—even though his explanation kinda makes it seem like that's exactly why he's keeping him on the bench.

"It's not because he's a rookie," Kemp said yesterday. "It's just that there are other guys out there that are capable. I'm not saying he wouldn't do a good job in the Home Run Derby. He's going to have plenty of time to participate in many Home Run Derbies. Just not this year. Nothing against him. I love watching him play."

No offense, Matt. But, that's a clown decision, bro. Maybe next year, Bryce.

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[via USA Today]

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