The last time a player had won the Home Run Derby in back-to-back years, it was Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998-1999. Tonight, Yoenis Cespedes joined Griffey Jr. in that club, winning the Home Run Derby for a second consecutive year in a row.
After getting off to a slow start, Cespedes was able to take down Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and finally Todd Frazier in the finals to win the crown. While Cespedes was impressive, the player that impressed me the most was Todd Frazier. Many fans expected a Cespedes vs. Giancarlo Stanton finals, but Frazier was the sleeper and scooted his way into the finals when he defeated Stanton in the National League semi-finals 1 HR to none.
The shocker was in the first round when Yasiel Puig didn’t hit a single home run; his pitcher was none other than Robinson Cano‘s father. Interesting fact: Cano’s father Jose Cano has a 0.00 ERA in his last two Home Run Derby starts; he last pitched to Cano two years ago in Kansas City.
— Tomorrow night the All-Stars take the field with the All-Star Game taking place on National Television. The game will air on FOX and the pregame will start at 7:30 p.m.