Originally written July 16, 2013 on BaySportsNet:
It’s been a very long time since an Oakland Athletic won the Home Run Derby, but Yoenis Cespedes did just that on Monday night. With the baseball world watching, the A’s star outfielder crushed 32 home runs deep into the Citi Field night over the course of his three rounds en route to a victory (as predicted by BSN’s Brandon McClintock). His performance, aided by BP pitcher and A’s third base coach Mike Gallego, helped Cespedes defeat a slew of notable Major Leaguers including Chris Davis of the Orioles, Prince Fielder of the Tigers, Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates, David Wright of the Mets, Michael Cuddyer of the Rockies, Robinson Cano of the Yankees and Bryce Harper of the Nationals. Though he wasn’t selected as a member of the American League All-Star team, Cespedes was picked to take part in the Derby by the team’s captain, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano – and Cespedes’ performance Monday definitely justified his participation in the festivities. In the final round, he matche...
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