Yoenis Cespedes put on a show. With thirty-two home runs, and seventeen in the first round, Cespedes was able to breeze past the competition, and win the final round without using only five of his ten outs. Although Bryce Harper put up a fight, Yoenis Cespedes was the star of this year's Home Run Derby.
Final Standings and Totals:
1. Yoenis Cespedes -- R1: 17, R2: 6, R1&2: 23, Final: 9
2. Bryce Harper -- R1: 8, R2: 8, R1&2: 16, Final: 8
3. Michael Cuddyer -- R1: 7, R2: 8, R1&2: 15, Final: --
4. Chris Davis -- R1: 8, R2: 4, R1&2: 12, Final: --
5. Pedro Alvarez -- R1: 6, R2: --, R1&2: 6, Final: --
6. Prince Fielder -- R1: 5, R2: --, R1&2: 5, Final: --
6. David Wright -- R1: 5, R2: --, R1&2: 5, Final --
8. Robinson Cano -- R1: 4, R2: --, R1&2: 4, Final --
What really disappointed me last night was the performances of Robinson Cano, David Wright, and Prince Fielder. They have been in, and won, the Home Run Derby before. And, none of them got past the first round? That was not what I was expecting. Fielder hit a 483' homer in the first round, and I thought he was starting to get rolling. I never thought this for any of the others. Maybe there was too much pressure on the captains.
Also, Chris Davis was way too impatient at the plate. In his first round performance, Davis took the first pitch, and the last pitch. He swung at everything, and possibly could've hit more if he was patient at the plate. Maybe he would've had a shot against Cespedes.
The Home Run Derby was exciting all throughout, from the first round, until the final round. There were monster homers, and there were lasers into the seats. The Home Run Derby is, and will always be, a great experience for fans to enjoy their favorite part of baseball, the hitting of home runs. This year's Derby was just that.