Endurance is what kept Yoenis on top, cranking out 30 homers on the night, including nine in the final round to beat a bewildered Frazier. The highlight of the night was a 452-foot blast by Cespedes on a night where the fireworks were few and far between.
Giancarlo Stanton had an impressive first round and set expectations high for fans once his turn came around in the semifinals, however he failed to hit any home runs when he just needed one to force a swing-off with Frazier. He became an afterthought and was relegated to being a spectator after his disappointing finish.
One surprise, though unpleasant, was the goose egg that Yasiel Puig put up in his first round. Does this mean that he will have a monster second half based on the theory that the derby winners struggle in the second half? We can only look at Robinson Cano‘s zero he put up in 2012 to compare, but frankly, it probably has no influence.
Target Field proved to be an awful backdrop for a home run derby compared to some of the other venues we have seen in past years. Even Cespedes third-deck blast didn’t look as impressive as it should have been. The park is beautiful and deserves to host such a weekend, but sign me up for a derby in Tropicana to see some Devil Rays avoiding dingers!
David Ortiz was absent from the home run derby in what feels like a while, even though that isn’t true. I hope we get to see him compete in one more before he decides to hang it up as Papi’s smile is always nice to see on All-Star Weekend.