Kyle Schwarber hit a 434-foot home run in the first inning of the Nationals' game against the Rays. (0:38).
The Home Run Derby will not be held in Denver by Kyle Schwarber, Washington Nationals' slugger. He is tied for first place in the National League after hitting another home run on Tuesday night.
Schwarber stated that he has not been approached by anyone about participating in the event. However, if approached, he said he would pass.
Schwarber stated that after Tuesday's match, "I think it is best to let it go and rest up and focus on the second half." After the game, you will feel sore. It takes you almost 13-15 minutes to complete a full swing. That's not something you do every day in your baseball routine. It's torturing yourself. It is definitely taxing for the body."
Schwarber, 28 years old, came second in the Home Run Derby 2018 in Washington. He lost out to Bryce Harper. Although he enjoyed the experience, he said it wasn't something he would want to repeat.
Schwarber stated, "It was a fantastic Home Run Derby with Bryce in the finals." It was a memorable moment that you won't soon forget. It was a moment you can cross off your bucket list.
Schwarber scored his 16th June home run off Rays starter Rich Hill on Tuesday. This tied him with Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and makes Schwarber the only player to have 16 in 18 games. The Nationals have seven home runs to start the game.
Schwarber is tied for second with Fernando Tatis Jr. in the NL lead (25) and Shohei Ohtani is leading the AL (and the majors) in home runs (28). He has already pledged to participate in the Home Run Derby.
Schwarber stated, "It's a great experience, and the people who are there, especially for the first, will love it." It's something they will never forget."
Schwaber attributes his success to an early-hitting session in Tampa Bay with Nationals hitting coach Kevin Long, and teammate Josh Harrison.
He said, "Since that date, it's been going smoothly."