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Your 2014 Home Run Derby Live Blog

Jul 14, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

11:51: Cespedes wins 9-1. Frazier never had a chance. It’s Cespdes’ second win in a row. He’s the first to repeat since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998-99. They are the only two to have done it.

11:39 PM: Cespedes has five homers against four outs in the finals and is looking strong.

11:30 PM: So the final is Cespedes vs. Frazier. Gotta like the defending champ here. Frazier won the coin toss and elected to go second in the final round.

11:27 PM: Bautista has only three homers against five outs. Maybe he’s cold too. He got that first round bye. So he last hit in, like, 1979.

11:23 PM: Cespedes got seven homers. Now it’s Bautista’s turn. I feel like seven is enough on this night, especially seeing as though Bautista has had a long layoff. But what the hell do I know? I thought that Stanton was going to crush his enemies, see them driven before him and hear the lamentations of their women.

11:19 PM: Tweet of the night here, from our own D.J. Short:

11:17 PM: This is gonna end around midnight Eastern. Back in the 1950s they did Home Run Derbies during the day so the kids could see them.

11:15 PM: Bring back steroids.

11:11 PM: If I hadn’t spent all day calling the Home Run Derby dumb, I’d make some trenchant argument about how the new format with the bye for the first round winners iced Stanton and put him at a disadvantage, but I really can’t do that. Let’s just call it all dumb and hail our new Todd Frazier overlords.

11:09: PM: Stanton hits … zero homers. He is done. I have no words. If this contest wasn’t already stupid, I’d call it stupid.

11: 04 PM: The pace of this thing has really slowed down. Todd Frazier takes his semifinals hacks. He got one homer. Now it’s Stanton’s turn. Maybe the long delay iced Giancarlo, but I kinda doubt it. He’ll hit more than one homer if he uses his foot to hold the bat.

10:56 PM: The fates were not on Jones’ side. Three homers. He gone. The semis are now set: Frazier vs. Stanton in the NL, Cespedes vs. Bautista in the AL.

10: 50 PM: Cesepedes hit nine homers, including a 472-foot job. Adam Jones: good luck, dude.

10:43 PM: Now Cespedes and Adam Jones, head-to-head. But before this we had a high school drum line on the field. Because this isn’t going on long enough.

10:37 PM: Todd Frazier beats Tulo in the second round, 6 homers to 2. Frazier was my darkhorse. He’ll get murdered by Stanton, but I like that he’s advancing.

10:30 PM: So, second round. In the A.L., it’s Cespedes vs. Adam Jones with the winner facing Jose Bautista in the semi finals. In the N.L. It’s Todd Frazier vs. Tulowitzki. The winner of that goes on to be eaten, alive and whole, by a naked, fire-breathing Giancarlo Stanton..

10:23 PM: Todd Frazier got one homer in his three swings, Morneau none, so Morneau is done and Frazier advances. In the AL swing-off Donaldson got one homer in three swings. Cespedes: two. The defending champ goes on. He’s still alive.

10:17 PM: We have two ties in the first round. In the NL it’s Todd Frazier and Morneau in a swing-off to see who advances. In the AL it’s Cespedes and teammate Josh Donaldson. Each player gets three swings. If they’re still tied after three they get one more. If still tied one swing at a time until someone advances. Kind of like a spelling bee.

10:16 PM: Yoenis Cespedes is up. He’s the last guy in the first round. He’s also last year’s champ. This year: three bombs.

10:09 PM: Justin Morneau comes up and, again, gets a big huge round of applause. He only hit two homers, though, so that’s kind of a letdown for the former Twin and former Home Run Derby champ. A nice parting round of applause too.

10:07 PM: I skipped the high schoolers’ final round to go get a hot cocoa. Because it’s freezing. It’s July 14 and it’s freezing. I’m way better with this than I was with the heat last year, but man, it’s cold here.

10:oo PM: Josh Donaldson finishes with three homers, but everyone is still talking about Giancarlo Stanton.

9:55 PM: Stanton’s sixth and final homer of the first round went to the tippy tip of the upper deck in left. That was just insanely far. All of the assembled All-Stars are freaking out. It’s probably worth noting that Stanton’s pitcher, Mike Redmond, was throwing a lot harder than Derby pitchers usually do.

9:52 PM: A fan gets Stanton’s second homer by going over a rail and almost killing himself. Stanton’s third homer is 465 feet into the top deck in left. This is fun.

9:50 PM: Giancarlo Stanton is coming up next. Hold on to your butts, you guys.

9:47 PM: The other high school kid, Luken Baker, gets six homers. So both the high school kids beat the snot out of Puig, Dozier and Frazier.

9:43 PM: Adam Jones had a nice round. He was ripping it deal pull to left for the most part, which is the smart move. He finishes with four.

9:37 PM: Puig turned in the worst first round so far. Zero homers. He was not very selective swinging at everything. When he made contact he went to center and the opposite field. Worst of all: no bat flips. I need a moment. :-(

9:35 PM: PUIG TIME PUIG TIME PUIG TIME PUIG TIME

9:33 PM: Two high school kids are now competing in the between-the-big-leaguers portion of the evening. Josh Naylor and Luken Bakaer. Naylor hit three, so I guess that’s better than Frazier and Dozier.

9:30 PM: Bautista finishes with ten homers. Lots of line drives. Boom.

9:28 PM: Jose Bautista is putting on a clinic. He has eight homers and only five outs so far. Some of his bombs havae gone far.

9:25 PM: In between hitters they panned to a luxury box in which Bud Selig and Hank Aaron were sitting. They announced Hank and the crowd went wild. But Hank didn’t know he was on the JumboTron until Bud Selig nudged him and pointed, like every kid you ever see on the JumboTron. Cute.

9:22: Tulo hit four. He now has the NL lead. Remember: you don’t just want to advance. If you lead your league after the first round, you get a bye into the semis.

9:18 PM: Now it’s Troy Tulowitzki. His first one didn’t go out, but was a towering fly ball to the wall. The kids manning the outfield missed it. I think the announcers should taunt those kids more.

9:13 PM: They probably should’ve kept chanting. He ends his first round with two. Now that this is getting going, it is going faster now that there’s only seven outs. So I suppose there’s that.

9:11 PM: The crowd is chanting “DO-ZIER! DO-ZIER!” I guess it’s helping. He now has two homers.

9:09 PM: Brian Dozier leads off for the AL. It’s still raining, BTW.

9:08 PM: Welp, maybe not. Frazier only managers two homers before his seven outs were up.

9:06 PM: There is a giant rainbow over Target Field. All the rain was worth it, you guys.

9:03 PM: Todd Frazier leads off. His brother Charlie is pitching to him. I like Frazier in this, by the way. Maybe not to win, but I bet he does well.

9:00 PM: Ceremonial first pitches from Dave Winfield, Jack Morris, Paul Molitor and Joe Mauer. Jack Morris threw his out to the score.

8:56 PM: Justin Morneau was just introduced. He got a TREMENDOUS round of applause from the folks in Minnesota. Very nice moment. Three guys later Brian Dozier was introduced. Almost — not quite, but almost — as big a round of applause.

8:52 PM: They are beginning to take the little tarps off the mound and the batters box. Which, under normal circumstances, I’d say meant we’d be underway soon. Except they have a trophy thing sitting out there and keep saying the “pre-event festivities” will get going soon. So who knows when the big strong men will start hitting bombs. Which is all we really wanna see now.

8:34 PM: As the rain continues to fall, they are now showing the old “Home Run Derby” TV show on the JumboTron. It’s the Mickey Mantle vs. Harmon Killebrew episode. This is way cooler than the actual one, to be honest.

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8:24 PM: This is the current radar:

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I’m guessing they’re not going to bang this thing but it ain’t gonna get going at 8:30 either.

8:02 PM: Welp, we’re off with a bang. First official announcement of the evening: the Derby being delayed until 8:30. Where did I put that card with $4.50 left on it for the self-serve beer machine?

7:50 PM: Why live blog this? Like I said earlier this afternoon, the Home Run Derby is kinda boring, so if I don’t commit to live-blogging it I’ll have a hard time paying attention. Give me a task and I can keep my mind focused on anything. Even this.

If you haven’t already, do check out our Home Run Derby preview. And think who you might pick to win it in the unlikely event Giancarlo Stanton falls into an open manhole before it begins. Because I think he’s got it in the bag.

BUT THAT’S WHY THEY PLAY THE GAME! Or, in this case, that’s why they hold the exhibition. And who knows? Maybe the weather has totally thrown this out of whack. It’s cold here right now — about 60 degrees and falling, with a steady wind and on-and-off rain — so maybe that will change the equation. Maybe the guy from Canada will do better.

Keep refreshing this post for stunning insights and analysis as the evening wears on. And on.

And on.

 

  1. JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    First for Frazier! Go Toddfather!

  2. wonkypenguin - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    It was incredibly windy here today, too. I was hoping it’d stay in the 30 mph range. I think Stanton could get one to the light rail with a little help.

  3. ripwarrior - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Craig has a great job.

    • indaburg - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      He’s living the dream.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Yes, he is.

        I hate him.

  4. wonkypenguin - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    I have been in four tornado warnings at Target Field. Three in one year. So while I hated the Metrodome and I hate publicly financed stadiums, they could have at least splurged for a retractable roof.

    • Caught Looking - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Splurged is right. It would have cost and estimated $200 million for a roof.

      • wonkypenguin - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        In my experience, it’s not really splurging if you’re making other people pay for it. That’s just being good, opportunistic owners.

    • tigersfandan - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      A retractable roof isn’t keeping a tornado out.

      • wonkypenguin - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        Yes, but it would help us to not even know it was happening until it, y’know, happened. :-)

  5. sdelmonte - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Worse comes to worst, they can get all the Strat cards for the players and do it in the clubhouse. My brother and I had tons of fun with the ’87 deck and a Home Run Derby format. Rob Deer was the king of the One True Outcome and often won the derby.

  6. migoli - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Geez, even when you aren’t on the east coast you go by east coast time ?

  7. hojo20 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Too bad the Twins don’t play in a indoor facility like the Metrodome.

  8. sdelmonte - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I figured it out. The Derby isn’t dull. Chris Berman is.

    • indaburg - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      “Back, back, back, back… gone!” Kill me now.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        Sally you’re still needed in this world. Just do what any sane person does. use the mute button.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        BTW Just saw a WestJet commercial with R.A. Dickey in full Blue Jays uniform doing a variation of Who’s on first shtick with a flight attendant, except Who is the Pilot and What’s the co-pilot.

      • natsattack - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        “I’ll let the sabermatics figure this one out…”
        Me, too.

  9. Ayase Yano - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    I can’t believe some of you Americans would find the Homerun derby boring.

    (呀热呀热。。。)

  10. dizzale34 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Gattis would win this thing While having back spasms!!

  11. sophiethegreatdane - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Berman seems to have toned down the back-back-back thing. Thankfully.

  12. packmaneffsanfran - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    And down goes Frazier!

  13. proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    That high school home run king is a Canuck.

  14. natstowngreg - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Giancarlo nearly left the ballpark.

  15. sophiethegreatdane - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Is it just me, or did Joey Bats only get six outs?

  16. phillysports1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Bautista showing his Dominican Power !!

  17. packmaneffsanfran - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Justin Morneau takes the whole Derby…watch

  18. Ayase Yano - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    This is the 1st time I’m watching the MLB Homerun derby in Japan.

    And I’m pretty damn impressed on what I see so far.

    The Morneau guy is next.

    • renaado - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Dangit… Only 2 homeruns, still nice for Twins fans seein him back.

  19. thomas844 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Let’s see those high school kids hit Major League pitching though…

  20. Ayase Yano - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Back back back… Who the hell is this commentator?

    • sophiethegreatdane - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Chris Berman. Welcome to our long national nightmare. ;)

      Seriously though, he used to be much, much worse.

      • Ayase Yano - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        I think a duck just replaced him when saying that.

  21. packmaneffsanfran - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Fugg you Morneau!!!! Tulowitzki betta bring back dat cheddah then

  22. plmathfoto - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    You know Chris Berman is just waiting to say “Down goes Frazier”

  23. moogro - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Isn’t there a way to reverse the time order before reposting the tweets?

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