Cespedes Wins The 2014 MLB HR Derby With An Awesome Power Display: Stop Complaining About The Contest Experts

Yoenis Cespedes became just the 2nd player to win back to back titles in the M:B HR Derby Last Night.  By winning his 2nd title, he also joins Prince Fielder and the aforementioned Griffey, as the only three guys to win multiple titles.  At just age 28, and with that swing, you have to think he has a chance to eclipse everyone and take down a few more of these HR Derby Trophy's.

Yoenis Cespedes became just the 2nd player to win back to back titles in the M:B HR Derby Last Night. By winning his 2nd title, he also joins Prince Fielder and the aforementioned Griffey, as the only three guys to win multiple titles. At just age 28, and with that swing, you have to think he has a chance to eclipse everyone and take down a few more of these HR Derby Trophy’s.  It was funny to see him with the HR Derby Trophy in one hand – and a makeshift WWE heavyweight champion belt in his other.  Cespedes belted 30 HRs over the course of his 4 Rounds, to blow away the competition.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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I have had enough with the experts flogging on the HR Derby last night.

Yes, it took long, but not as long as last year. I believe the actual event was under 3 hours. What every one was feeling had a lot to do with the hour plus rain delay.

I loved the new format of 7 outs, and AL vs NL. If there is anything I think the MLB could do away with – is having 5 players in each league participate.

I firmly believe that Jose Bautista and Giancarlo Stanton suffered because of an inactive round caused by them both winning a bye.

Todd Frazier was lucky to make it to the 2nd round, and after he put forth his best round against Troy Tulowitzki after that.  He narrowly made the final with 1 HR in the 3rd Round because of a donut for heavy favorite Giancarlo Stanton.  In the final, he was no match for Cespedes, losing 9 - 1.

Todd Frazier was lucky to make it to the 2nd round, and after he put forth his best round against Troy Tulowitzki after that. He narrowly made the final with 1 HR in the 3rd Round because of a donut for heavy favorite Giancarlo Stanton. In the final, he was no match for Cespedes, losing 9 – 1.

On a personal note, my I was happy to have my final 2 predicted correctly of Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier into the final.

Both of those men has a lackluster first round, before winning swingoff matchups into the 2nd round.

Frazier acquitted himself nicely in the 2nd Round, by clubbing 6 longballs, and most of them with the just a few outs left to spare.

Realistically though. he was lucky that Yasiel Puig had an o’fer in Round 1 – and that Stanton has an o’fer in Round 3.

The Reds OF only hit 4 HRs in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Rounds combined.

The only modification I would impose it to shorten the field to 8 guys (4 AL and 4 NL), and then have the same 4 rounds listed, but have the leaders for each league not receive the bye.

One of the things I give the MLB credit for is its increased awareness towards adding bracket to their ALL – Star Game, and Post Season for that matter.

They should be working with the sponsors more vehemently to up the ante for payouts.

Instead of having fans eligible to vote 25 times for each player in the ASG, they should really hammer the promotion of the free contest angle.

The NCAA makes a killing of free publicity because of the brackets they have for the Final Four Tournament.

Offering $25,000 was nice for Samsung to throw out there, but how about we offer that prize value ten-fold to the winner? and a cool $1 MIL for anyone that can predict a perfect bracket?

  • 2014 MLB HR Derby Results RD 1

HR Derby Results: RD 1 *** (ADV 2nd RD) E (Eliminated) (AL) 1. ***Bautista (10) ***2. Jones (4) T3. Donaldson (3), T3: ***Cespedes – Swingoff 3 swings (Cespedes won 2 – 1 over Donaldson (E) ) 5. Dozier (2) (E) (NL): 1. ***Stanton (6) 2. ***Tulowitzki (4) T3. ***Frazier (2) T3. Morneau (2) E – Swingoff – 3 swings – Morneau/Frazier (Frazier won 1 – 0 – Morneau (E)) 5. Puig (0) (E)

  • MLB HR Derby RD 2

RD 2 Results AL: BYE to 3rd RD (Bautista) – ***Cespedes 9 – 3 over Jones (E), NL: BYE to 3rd RD (Stanton) ***Frazier 6 – 2 over Tulowitzki (E)

  • MLB HR Derby RD 3

    MLB HR Derby RD 3 Results NL ( Frazier 1 – 0 over  Stanton (E) AL:  ***Cespedes 9 – 4 Over Bautista (E)

  • MLB HR Derby RD 4 (Championship Round) – Yoenis Cespedes – Champion for 2nd consecutive Year!

    MLB HR Derby RD 4 (Championship Round) : Cespedes 9 – 1 over Frazier (E) (Cespedes hit 30 HRs overall in the 4 Rounds, including an extra 2 in the swingoff round against Donaldson)

Derby Winners/Venue + Total HRs

2014 –Yoenis Cespedes, A’s- Target Field (30)

2013 – Yoenis Cespedes, A’s – Citi Field (32)

2012 – Prince Fielder, Tigers – Kauffman Stadium (28)

2011 – Robinson Cano, Yankees – Chase Field (32)

2010 – David Ortiz, Red Sox – Angels Stadium (32)

2009 – Prince Fielder, Brewers – Busch Stadium (29)

2008 – Justin Morneau, Twins – Yankees Stadium II (22)

2007 – Vladimir Guerrero, Angels – AT @ T Park (17)

2006 – Ryan Howard, Phillies – PNC Park (23)

2005 – Bobby Abreu, Phillies – Comerica Park (41)

2004 – Miguel Tejada – Orioles – Minute Maid Park (27)

2003 – Garret Anderson, Angels – Us Cellular Field (23)

2002 – Jason Giambi, Yankees – Miller Park (24)

2001 – Luis Gonzalez, D’Backs – Safeco Field (16)

2000 – Sammy Sosa, Cubs – Turner Field (26)

1999 – Ken Griffey JR. Mariners – Fenway Park (16)

1998 –Ken Griffey JR. Mariners – Coors Field (19)

1997 – Tino Martinez, Yankees – Jacobs Field (16)

1996 – Barry Bonds , Giants – Veterans Stadium (17)

1995 – Albert Belle, Indians – The Ballpark In Arlington

1994 – Ken Griffey JR. (7) – Three Rivers Stadium

1993 – Juan Gonzalez, Rangers (12) – Orioles Park At Camden Yards

1992 –  Mark McGwire, A’s (12) – Jack Murphy Stadium

1991 –  Cal Ripken JR., O’s (12) – The Skydome

1990 – Ryne Sandberg, Cubs (3) – Wrigley Field)

1989 – Eric Davis, Reds (3) + Ruben Sierra, Rangers (3) NL beat AL 9 – 6, Angels Stadium

1988 – cancelled due to rain.

1987 – Andre Dawson, Cubs (6) – NL Beat the AL 6 – 2. The Coliseum in Oakland.

1986 – Darryl Strawberry, Mets (4)  + Wally Joyner, Angels (4) – NL Beat the AL 8 – 7 – Astrodome in Houston.

1985 – Dave Parker, Reds (6) – Metrodome

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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