- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper won’t participate in the Home Run Derby next week because his father, Ron, isn’t available to pitch to him.

The Home Run Derby will be held Monday, the day before the All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Harper was the leading vote-getter in fan balloting for National League starters and began play Monday tied for second in the majors with 25 home runs.

Harper finished second in the 2013 Home Run Derby with his dad as the pitcher, but his father recently underwent shoulder surgery so Harper said Monday he will skip the event.

“Not having my dad throwing to me is a big issue for me,” Harper said, adding that his father “throws strikes” and knows where his “sweet spot” is.

The outfielder hopes to participate in the future after his father recovers from the operation.


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