Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; American League outfielderYoenis Cespedes
(middle) of the Oakland Athletics is toweled off byAlexei Ramirez
(right) andJose Abreu
(left) of the Chicago White Sox during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
For just the second time in the history of the Home Run Derby Yoenis Cespedes won the Home Run Derby a second consecutive time.
Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; National League infielderTodd Frazier
(right) of the Cincinnati Reds greets his brother Charlie Frazier (left) after competing in the first round during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Cespedes, who also won the Derby in 2013, earned the trophy and he kept his WWE championship belt.
The last back-to-back winner was Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998-99 when he was playing for the Seattle Mariners.
The finals of the Homer Run Derby was Cespedes vs. NL winner Todd Frazier, where he out-hit Frazier (of the Cincinnati Reds), 9-1.
It wasn’t the best Home Run Derby, but at least Cespedes put on a good show the longer the derby went.
I really loved the bracket format as I’m a fan of tournaments.
Cespedes hit a total of 30 home runs in the four rounds.
Cespedes won a “swing off” with Donaldson, 2-1 to move to round two.
Frazier won a “swing off” against Morneau, 1-0.
Bautista had a bye in Round 2, and Cespedes defeated Adam Jones, 9-3 in the AL. In the NL second round, Stanton received a bye, and Frazier defeated Tulowitzki, 6-2.
Round three saw Cespedes defeat Bautista, 7-4 in the AL, and Frazier defeat Stanton, 1-0.