Fans at Target Field Monday night had to wait, but eventually got to see what they came for some monster home runs–and Yoenis Cespedes hit a lot of them!
The Oakland A’s slugger won the title last year in his second season in the league, and came in to the competition Monday night hoping he could do the same. He was going to face some stiff competition though. Giancarlo Stanton could certainly bash with the best of them. Jose Bautista has a reputation for crushing home runs and Justin Morneau is a former winner (2008).
When it comes to the Home Run Derby you can’t really count anyone out. All it takes is for someone to get hot at the right time and they can win it all.
Just like in seasons past the competition was between a group from the American League and National League. Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was chosen captain of the NL squad (Todd Frazier, Reds; Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins; Justin Morneau, Rockies; Yasiel Puig, Dodgers). Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista captained the AL one (Yoenis Cespedes, A’s; Adam Jones, Orioles; Josh Donaldson, A’s; Brian Dozier, Twins).
Bautista led after the first round with 10, but the highlight of the round and the competition came at the hands of Stanton:
Cespedes barely made it to the second round, but once he did he exploded for nine and seven to make it to the finals were he blasted another nine easily beating Frazier (who had one).
With the win he became the second player in the history of the competition to win back to back titles. The first was legendary slugger Ken Griffey Jr.