David Price calls out Bryce Harper for HR Derby pick, backs Pedro Alvarez

  • David Whitlock

David Price expressed frustration today via Twitter that Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper, hitherto there seemed to be no rivalry with, was selected to compete in the All-Star Weekend Home Run Derby, rather than Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez.

If nothing else, it’s great that baseball players pine for competing in the All-Star Weekend Home Run Derby, versus NBA players who make excuses not to compete in the All-Star Weekend dunk contest.  But I digress.

The tale of the tape supports the reigning American League Cy Young winner:

Bryce Harper HR
Career 35
Season: 13
Since May 1: 5

Pedro Alvarez HR
Career: 72
Season: 22
Since May 1: 18

As David Price alludes to, Alvarez is also from The Bronx, seemed to be a more natural selection.  Not to mention the ball he put into the Allegheny River!

Oh, and the only other underlying issues might be that David Price and Pedro Alvarez were teammates at Vanderbilt University.

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Alvarez and Price (right) on campus circa 2006 at a Charity Christmas event
Credit: Vandymania.com

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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