Cespedes overwhelms to repeat as champ

July, 15, 2014
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Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes knows how to put on a homer-hitting show.

Cespedes became the second player to win consecutive Home Run Derby competitions, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (who won in 1998 and 1999) with a 9-1 win over Todd Frazier in the finals.

Cespedes, whose win marked the fifth straight year that an AL player won the title, finished with 30 home runs, a year after hitting 32 at Citi Field.

He’s the first player to hit at least 30 home runs in two different Home Run Derby competitions.

The eight-homer margin of victory was the largest in the history of the finals.

Cespedes barely made it out of the first round, needing a swing-off to advance, but got more comfortable as the competition went along. His seventh home run of the finals had an estimated distance of 509 feet had it continued its descent. His average projected distance in the finals was 465.4 feet.

Cold temperatures made for tough hitting conditions. The 56 degree temperature at first pitch was the coldest in the history of the Home Run Derby.

Frazier, who also advanced out of the first round via swing-off, finished with only 11 home runs (he had as many outs as Cespedes had home runs).

He advanced to the finals with upsets of Troy Tulowitzki and Giancarlo Stanton, the latter a 1-0 win in the semifinals.

Frazier became the first player to hit only one home run in the final round since 2002, when Jason Giambi beat Sammy Sosa 7-1.

Stanton, who clubbed a home run with an estimated distance of 510 feet in the first round (the longest estimated distance at this year’s competition) wasn’t the only one to go homerless in a round.

Yasiel Puig finished with no homers at the competition, the first to do so since Robinson Cano in 2012. Coincidentally, Puig’s pitcher was Cano’s father, Jose.

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