The semifinals began with a battle between Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies. While Hoskins did not win, he sure made a name for himself on the national stage with 37 home runs.
Bryce Harper won Monday's Home Run Derby in dramatic fashion at his home ballpark, but it left a sour taste in the mouth of another fan base.
Hoskins, the No. 8 seed, pulled the biggest upset of the first round when he knocked off top-seeded Jesus Aguilar from the Milwaukee Brewers, 17-12, in the first matchup.
After prevailing against Hoskins, Schwarber squared off with Bryce Harper of the hometown Washington Nationals in the finals.
Make no mistake. Everyone who participated can hit for power and all of them peppered the stands with long home runs.
Harper, who had his dad pitching for him, defeated Max Muncy of the Dodgers in the semifinals to earn a spot in the finals. Schwarber edged Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros, 16-15, while Muncy narrowly beat Schwarber's Cubs teammate Javier Baez, 17-16. However, Schwarber hit a hot streak and edged him out with time to spare. Schwarber got out to a slow start, hitting just four home runs before taking his timeout a minute-and-a-half into the four-minute round.
The victor had six home runs that year.
At the same time, it's the Home Run Derby.
Next year, the All-Star festivities and the Derby will move to Progressive Field in Cleveland. Hopefully that will be enough to entice Cleveland Indians stars Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor to partcipate in the Home Run Derby.