Yoenis Cespedes Wins the 2014 Home Run Derby

I live-tweeted the Home Run Derby tonight. In case you missed it, here’s what happened:

We finally got underway after an hour-and-a-half rain delay.

Jose Bautista led the pack with 10 Home Runs.

Puig disappointed everyone.

Stanton seemed unstoppable.

We had swing-offs in both leagues: Todd Frazier edging Justin Moreau in the National League and Cespedes defeating teammate Josh Donaldson in the American League.

The swing-off winners were the ones to move on to their League’s final. The NL provided a shocker:

Frazier edged Stanton 1-0.

Cespedes powered past Bautista 7-3. It was David vs. Goliath in the finals. Todd Frazier won the coin flip and chose to go second in effort to tire out Cespedes…

Cespedes would finish with nine in the final round and it was too much for Frazier. Todd was able to only hit one home run and Yoenis Cespedes successfully defended his title.

Overall, it was a fun derby to watch. I like the new bracket-style although I do think the length needs to be tweaked. Stanton and Bautista clearly were at a disadvantage having sat around for so long. There was certainly a reason why the two swing-off winners advanced to the finals. Maybe make the 2/3 head-to-head only five outs instead of seven.

Tune into FOX tomorrow night for the MLB All-Star Game!


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