For some reason it was a little bit controversial for Robinson Cano to choose a man for the Home Run Derby team that wasn’t technically an All-Star. Oakland Athletics star slugger Yoenis Cespedes showed up and proved exactly why he is a star and why most think he should have been a selection to the MLB All-Star Game. I am one of those people and because I think he should have been selected to the actual game, it was almost like revenge that he won the Home Run Derby.
Cespedes went to the finals against Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and it couldn’t have been a better pairing. As tiring as it must be to swing that many times over a few hour period in a muggy night, Cespedes proved his strength and power over his three round victory. His 17 homers in the first round of the derby set the stage for him to take the win though Harper certainly gave him a run for his money.
Unfortunately Cespedes didn’t make the All-Star team but at least he gets to rest his swinging muscles tomorrow. I think he deserved the nod for all-star and he wasn’t the only A’s player that got snubbed. For once the snubbed players had a voice during tonight’s Home Run Derby and Cespedes’ voice was a loud one. He totaled 32 homers and carried himself and one lucky fan to victory. It was a great showcase not only of power but of how good of a swing Cespedes has.