Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics is the first non all star player to win the home run derby. The slugger managed to beat Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round at Citi Field, hitting the decisive drive with five swings to spare.
This is the 27 year-old’s second major league season and he flipped his bat aside and raised his left arm in triumph when he sent his 32nd homer of the night some 455 feet to deep center field, where it caromed off the back wall of the black batter’s eye. Cespedes was swarmed by the American League All-Stars near the third-base line.
YouWager experts leaned that Cespedes was the final addition to the field and he was also the fourth player not selected for the All-Star Game to compete in the event.
Right when he started he proved he belonged. His family was present and encouraging the player while he hit a whopping 17 home runs in the first round — more than any other player managed in his first two trips to the plate.
That sent the Cuba native straight into the finals, even when he added six long balls in Round 2 for good measure. Some of his early drives were also incredibly impressive.
Cespedes was able to hit about a half-dozen balls into the upper deck in left; these were never reached by anyone in a game, and banged another couple of shots off the restaurant windows in the corner just below.
Defending champion Prince Fielder was knocked out early, the only other MLB player besides Ken Griffey Jr. to win multiple crowns, and AL captain Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, who made Cespedes his final pick.