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Yoenis Cespedes wins the 2013 Home Run Derby

Jul 15, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

American League batter Yoenis Cespedes, of the Oakland A's, holds up the Home Run trophy after winning the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Home Run Derby in New York Reuters

The winner of the Home Run Derby isn’t even an All-Star. But he’s here and his presence was validated: Yoenis Cespedes has won the 2013 Home Run Derby.

Cespedes hit 9 homers in the final round — his last traveling 455 feet — beating out Bryce Harper who had eight. Cespedes had 32 in all to Harper’s 24. In the team competition the the AL beat the NL 53 to 50. Cespedes did not have to use up all ten of his allotted outs in the second round. If he had, the AL — and Cespedes — likely would have had higher totals.

Harper was nothing if not consistent, hitting eight homers in each of the three rounds, but Cespedes seemed to have an entirely different gear tonight. His final round homers finding parts of the park that no competitor had found all night.

And so we have survived another Home Run Derby. They are fun for a while, then get a little tedious. But it was nice for once to see a competitor seem to grow stronger as the night went on rather than have the final round be somewhat anti-climactic. Oh, and it ended with Cespedes being awarded a brand new Chevy Silverado. So that’s nice for him.

That’s it from Citi Field for today. It’s been a long day of meet-and-greets, promotional events and weird exhibitions. Tomorrow we get the reason we’re all here: the All-Star Game.  Keep a window open with HardballTalk and all day, as we’ll be hitting you with our best shots from morning until late in the night.

  1. goskinsvt - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    These guys put on a show, overall a pretty good derby. But please, for the love of God, replace Berman.

    • cynic2o9 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      back back back back back backback back backback back backback back backback back backback back backback back backback back backback back backback back backback back back

      • historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        quack quack quack quack quack…

      • marc127 - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        The best was when he said “This one could hit the hood!” (of the car over the center field wall) and the ball landed about 30 feet short of the wall. He seems so full of himself, like he is the show and the Derby is just an afterthought. He has ruined the Derby for me and NFL highlights (the OAKLAND RAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIDAAAAAAAASSS)

    • apkyletexas - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Hitting 17 home runs in the 1st round is clear evidence that the man is juicing. Selig should immediately sit down at his mechanical typewriter and ban Cespedes for life. Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams need to write a book about it quoting tons of anonymous sources and get fabulously rich. The integrity of the game depends on it. Or something like that.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:54 AM

        LOL! Uhh, you forgot your sarcasm font. win /\ /\

    • jayquintana - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      I used to be a huge Berman fan. Now, honestly, I can’t stand to listen to him. His shtick got old. Very old.

      • cshearing - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        Yeah, I used to defend him too. But now he is getting really bad. No longer always clear in what he is saying, and rambles a lot. He is definitely not the announcer he once was.

    • hojo20 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      BACK BACK BACK, That one landed on Rikers Island!!

    • Tick - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Berman is bad enough, but I also appreciated the “respect” ESPN gave Cespedes by pronouncing his name six different ways and nearly missing some of his first round homers as they interviewed Aroldis Chapman for no good reason.

  2. cynic2o9 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    ESPN executives were hoping Harper would win it, not an Oakland A Cuban defect lol

    Yeonis aka La Potencia put on a show. Congrats to him and A’s fans.

    • danielponce - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      a cuban defect? fuck you

      • cynic2o9 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        haha don’t tell me you think I’m bashing him. That’s what they’re called in the MLB…. lol wrong definition of defect is the one you are using.

      • cynic2o9 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM


      • thinkfirstthenspeak - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM

        Defect and defector are different words.

      • anthonyverna - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        Like the man says: think first, then speak.

      • cynic2o9 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        a person who defects from a cause, country, alliance, etc

        [n. dee-fekt, dih-fekt; v. dih-fekt]
        verb (used without object)
        to desert a cause, country, etc., especially in order to adopt another (often followed by from or to ): He defected from the U.S.S.R to the West.

    • cynic2o9 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      defect is a verb
      defector is a noun

      that’s about the only difference lol come on fellas

      • ezthinking - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        Is English your second language?

      • cur68 - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:38 AM

        Cynic: go back and read your first comment in this string. You might see why everyone’s giving you hell for the “defect” thing.

        Otherwise, who gives a shit where he’x from. He’s damn good at baseball..

      • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        I think you still didn’t get it. “Defect” can also be a noun, and it has a very different meaning than “defector” when also used as a noun. Perhaps you should look up the first instead of just posting the latter.

    • packer42390 - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      To use the word defect as a verb it would have to be in a sentence like this: “The Cuban government caused Yoenis Cespedes to defect from his homeland.”

      Maybe it was unintentional, but the way you used the word was as a noun, not as a verb.

  3. sfm073 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    It’s scary to think how hard Harper will hit the ball after he fully develops.

    • dowhatifeellike - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      What impressed me last night was that he swung with every ounce of strength he had and still had enough control to make good contact.

  4. josemartez - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    First year in a while I didn’t watch. I’ll see the condensed version with all the moonshots on the highlight reels tomorrow and there’ll be minimal Berman. Who honestly likes this guy? Why does he have a job? And I don’t want to see a post with, “Oh come on, he’s not that bad.” He’s effing terrible.

    • anthonyverna - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Oh, come on, he’s. . . wait, I can’t even do it jokingly.

  5. aceinthehole12 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Yoenis made us A’s fans proud tonight ! Congrats man..hell of a show from everyone, except Wright and Cano lol, I love the HR Derby.

  6. Carl Hancock - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    How ironic. The All-Star MVP last season busted for PED’s and the Home Run Derby winner this year holding up a WWE title belt where pro wrestlers use steroids, HGH and other PED’s more than any other profession. MLB has gotta love that.

    • eightyraw - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:20 AM

      You do not know what you are talking about. WWE has stringent drug testing procedures, which can you read about here:

      • Carl Hancock - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        LOL Seriously? Being someone that worked in the industry between 1997-2000 and was an acquaintance of many stars of that error and knowing several of them to this day I can assure you that steroids, HGH, etc. are still heavily used both in the WWE and TNA as well as the entire industry.

        So the WWE has a “stringent” testing policy. So does baseball. So did cycling. But we all know “stringent” testing policies just mean the users work the system or utilize substances that aren’t yet detectable or in ways that make it difficult to detect them unless they screw up. Anyone that knows anything about PED’s and drug testing policies would tell you this.

      • Carl Hancock - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        I forgot to add something to my last reply. That the biggest loop hole in the WWE drug testing policy is the list of prohibitive substances is only prohibited if you do NOT have a medical prescription for the drug in question.

        Many professional wrestlers have been using performance enhancing drugs for so long that they no longer have the ability to produce testosterone naturally, etc. Therefore they can easily be prescribed these types of drugs from doctors that specialize in hormone replacement therapy, anti-aging clinics, etc. with legitimate prescriptions.

        Chris Benoit, for instance, was juiced to the gills at the time of that tragedy. Sadly I knew both Chris and Nancy. It’s still a shock for me to this day because Chris was such a nice person out of the ring. I have a pair of his boots and a pair of his 4 horsemen wrestling tights in a box collecting dust because I don’t know what to do with them. Selling them seems dirty. I can’t imagine anyone in either family would want them. I still can’t believe what happened and will never understand it.

        I’ve personally known a lot of people within the wrestling industry who are no longer with us today. So don’t tell me I don’t know what I am talking about.

  7. APBA Guy - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Congrats to Yoenis, the first A to win the Derby since McGwire in 1992 (Giambi won as a Yankee and Tejada as an Oriole.)

    I just hope Ray and Glen don’t take this as a sign for the “A;s are going to the Series” taglines for the 2nd half.

    • hcf95688 - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      I think he’s going to go off in the second half.

    • dw3dw - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      On Sunday’s broadcast Ray and Glen mentioned the last time the A’s were in 1st place at the All Star break was 1990 and they were in the series that year. Then Ray paused and said “of course, they didn’t get the result they wanted . . . ” I like Ray and Glen.

  8. aceshigh11 - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    Why is he holding the WWE title belt??

    • randomdigits - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Adam Jones brought it to the party.

  9. pgcubano - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    way to represent cespedes..great show tonight.. hasn’t even been in the states for 2 full years yet and won the derby..this is the greatest country in the world..gotta love it

  10. mungman69 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    BACK? Enough of BACK.

  11. mrznyc - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    He started with cute names for players. I can only guess because he thought the sport in question wasn’t interesting enough. He has been very bad for a very long time. ESPN is committed to him because he was there in the beginning but the end can’t come soon enough.

    • nolanwiffle - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      You speak of:

      Oddibe “Young Again” McDowell
      Bert “Be Home” Blyleven
      Bruce “Eggs” Benedict
      Glenn “Mother” Hubbard


  12. papalurchdxb - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    It’s just a shame they waited until the stadium was totally devoid of fans before giving him his trophy.

  13. cohnjusack - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    The Home Run Derby now compared to years past:

    (just one round back in those days)

    1985: Dave Parker – 6
    1986: Wally Joyner + Darryl Strawberry – 4
    1987: Andre Dawson – 4
    1988: No Home Run Derby
    1989: Eric Davis + Ruben Sierra – 3
    1990: Ryan Sandberg – 3. (only two other players any home runs *at all*. A total of 5 HR were hit in that derby)

    Then, in 1991, Cal Ripken hit 12 and it was like a lights came on. At least 7 would be hit in a round from then on, at least 10 from 1999 on.

    • kopy - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      The simplest explanation is probably the best: the balls are juiced in the home run derby, and it wasn’t always that way.

      Plus, remember when Sammy Sosa’s bat was corked, and his explanation was that he must have grabbed one of his Derby bats? Which was probably true, since his bats in Cooperstown were clean. MLB says the Derby doesn’t have corked bats, but they say a lot of things.

      • cohnjusack - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        “It’s hard to watch the home run hitting contest. “Obviously, the balls are juiced. Those aren’t normal balls that they’re hitting. I’ve been in Arizona for a long time and you don’t hit balls where they’re hitting them. Trust me. And that’s not a well-kept secret that those aren’t the normal baseballs. But they can’t do anything to baseballs to make them go further, right?” –Buck Showalter

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