Aug 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) breaks his bat while popping out against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. 
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The Milwaukee Brewers, still right in the thick of the NL Central race, are reportedly shoring up for the stretch run.

According to reports, the Brewers will acquire second baseman Neil Walker from the New York Mets.

The 31-year-old Walker is a career .272 hitter. He’s at .264 with 10 home runs in 2017, though he’s only a year removed from a campaign in which he slugged 23 home runs and hit .282.

Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee’s primary second baseman, has hit just .222 this season, making the position something of a black hole for Milwaukee. That’s why they were interested in another second baseman and ultimately landed Walker.

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Every MLB Home Run Derby winner


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title: ‘1986: Wally Joyner and Darryl Strawberry’,
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Both Joyner (Angels) and Strawberry (Mets) tied with four home runs at the Astrodome in 1986 in Houston. In the second Home Run Derby, the field shrunk to just six participants, three from each league, and ended in the aforementioned tie.

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title: ‘1987: Andre Dawson, Cubs’,
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With only three opponents, Dawson won the Home Run Derby in 1987 with four home runs. He beat out George Bell, Mark McGwire and Ozzie Virgil Jr.

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title: ‘1989: Eric Davis, Reds’,
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After the 1988 Home Run Derby was rained out, Davis won the contest at Anaheim Stadium with three home runs. The field was back up to four participants per league after participation decreased the prior two years.

Focus on Sport / Getty Images


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title: ‘1990: Ryne Sandberg, Cubs’,
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Sandberg hit three home runs at Wrigley Field to win the contest on his home turf. He beat out fellow future manager Matt Williams and future Padres bench coach Mark McGwire.

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title: ‘1991: Cal Ripken Jr., Orioles’,
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Ripken dominated the field with a record-breaking 12 home runs at the SkyDome in Toronto. Paul O’Neill finished in second place with five homers.

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title: ‘1992: Mark McGwire, Athletics’,
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Big Mac claimed his first Home Run Derby victory, hitting mammoth shots at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego. He launched 12 homers, while Ken Griffey Jr. came in second place with seven.

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title: ‘1993: Juan Gonzalez, Rangers’,
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Gonzalez and Ken Griffey Jr. tied with seven home runs, necessitating a head-to-head playoff at hitter-friendly Camden Yards. Juan Gone claimed victory in the playoff.

The Sporting News / Sporting News


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title: ‘1994: Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners’,
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After losing in the head-to-head playoff in 1993, Griffey Jr. won his first Home Run Derby in 1994 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh with seven home runs. Fred McGriff finished second.

Focus on Sport / Getty Images


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title: ‘1995: Frank Thomas, White Sox’,
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The Big Hurt hit 15 homers for the Home Run Derby at Arlington. While Albert Belle actually had more homers with 16, Thomas won in the finals against Belle as the contest evolved into multiple rounds.

Paul Buck / AFP


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title: ‘1996: Barry Bonds, Giants’,
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Bonds edged out Mark McGwire in a home run battle that foreshadowed the pair’s record-breaking futures. Bonds hit 17 home runs for the contest, while McGwire hit 15 at Veterans Stadium in Philly.

Al Bello / Getty Images


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title: ‘1997: Tino Martinez, Yankees’,
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Martinez beat out Larry Walker in the finals at Jacobs Field, though Walker hit more homers (19) for the Home Run Derby compared to Martinez’s 16.

Doug Pensinger / Getty Images


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title: ‘1998: Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners’,
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Griffey Jr. won his second Home Run Derby with 19 home runs, beating out hometown favorite Vinny Castilla at Coors Field.

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title: ‘1999: Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners’,
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Griffey Jr. made it back-to-back Home Run Derby wins, hitting a total of 16 home runs at Fenway Park. Mark McGwire’s mammoth shots are a lasting memory of the contest, but he failed to win.

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title: ‘2000: Sammy Sosa, Cubs’,
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Sosa dominated in the new three-round format, hitting a total of 26 home runs. His competitor in the finals, Ken Griffey Jr., hit only 11 for the entire contest at Turner Field.

Jamie Squire / Getty Images


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title: ‘2001: Luis Gonzalez, Diamondbacks’,
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Jason Giambi hit an incredible 14 home runs in Round 1 but failed to make it to the finals. Gonzalez beat Sammy Sosa in the finals at Safeco Field in Seattle.

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title: ‘2002: Jason Giambi, Yankees’,
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Giambi apparently learned to pace himself after wearing down after Round 1 in 2001. He easily beat Sammy Sosa in the finals at Miller Park.

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title: ‘2003: Garret Anderson, Angels’,
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Anderson caught fire in the finals at U.S. Cellular Field, beating Albert Pujols by one home run. Pujols had more home runs for the contest with 14 in the semis.

Jeff Haynes / Getty Images


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title: ‘2004: Miguel Tejada, Orioles’,
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Tejada parlayed 15 home runs in the semis into a head-to-head battle vs. hometown favorite Lance Berkman in the finals at Minute Maid Park. Tejada won 5-4 in the finals.

Brian Bahr / Getty Images


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title: ‘2005: Bobby Abreu, Phillies’,
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Abreu set a record with 41 home runs, launching an incredible 24 long balls in Round 1 at Comerica Park. He easily topped Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez in the finals.

Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images


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title: ‘2006: Ryan Howard, Phillies’,
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Howard made it two Phillies winners in a row, edging David Wright in the finals 5-4 at PNC Park.

Jamie Squire / Getty Images


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title: ‘2007: Vladimir Guerrero, Angels’,
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Vlad beat Alex Rios in the finals at AT&T Park to win the Derby. He had 17 home runs in three rounds.

Justin Sullivan / Getty Images


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title: ‘2008: Justin Morneau, Twins’,
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Despite Josh Hamilton’s 35 home runs for the entire contest, Morneau beat out a worn-down Hamilton in the finals at Yankee Stadium. Hamilton hit 28 home runs in Round 1, a single-round record.

Nick Laham / Getty Images


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title: ‘2009: Prince Fielder, Brewers’,
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Fielder edged out Nelson Cruz at Busch Stadium, winning 6-5 in the finals. He had 23 home runs for the Home Run Derby.

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title: ‘2010: David Ortiz, Red Sox’,
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Big Papi was clutch in the finals vs. Hanley Ramirez at Angel Stadium, beating Hanley 11-5. He had 32 home runs for the entire contest.

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title: ‘2011: Robinson Cano, Yankees’,
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Cano just edged out Adrian Gonzalez in the finals 12-11, and the pair had an even total of 20 home runs going into the last round at Chase Field.

Jeff Gross / Getty Images


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title: ‘2012: Prince Fielder, Tigers’,
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Fielder won his second Home Run Derby, this time with the Tigers. He beat out Jose Bautista in the finals at Kauffman Stadium.

Jamie Squire / Getty Images


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title: ‘2013: Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics’,
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Cespedes launched 17 home runs in Round 1 and beat young Bryce Harper 9-8 in the finals to win his first Home Run Derby. He came up big at his future home of Citi Field.

Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images


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title: ‘2014: Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics’,
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Cespedes won back-to-back contests, beating out Reds slugger Todd Frazier in the finals. Of course, Cespedes barely got out of Round 1, battling in a swing-off with teammate Josh Donaldson at Target Field.

Elsa / Getty Images


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title: ‘2015: Todd Frazier, Reds’,
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Frazier made it back to the finals but won this time, edging rookie Joc Pederson 15-14. He won at his home stadium, Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Rob Carr / Getty Images


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Todd Frazier made it three straight trips to the finals, but he could not make it a repeat victory performance. This time, he was bested by Giancarlo Stanton, who launched 20 home runs in the finals to beat Frazier at Petco Park in San Diego.

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