MLB Auctions pulled the rug out from some collectors hoping to win the special red, white and blue baseball that Bryce Harper hit to win last week’s All-Star Home Run Derby.
As we reported, the ball was listed within minutes after it cleared the fence at Nationals Park last Monday. Bidding had passed $7,000 heading into the auction’s final hours Monday but those who had placed a bid then received an email: the auction had been shut down.
With bidding at $7,020, MLB has halted the Bryce Harper Home Run Derby ball auction scheduled to close tonight. League says they are giving ball to Harper instead (H/T @TuftsGuy) pic.twitter.com/8l1pGLFQZm
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 23, 2018
Harper defeated Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs in the final round of the competition, which played out in his home park.
The decision to pull the auction took place not long after ESPN posted a story about it Monday. Whether Harper or the Nationals had expressed late interest in getting the ball back wasn’t immediately known.