HR Derby tweets: Cespedes prevails
Gar Ryness — you may know him best as Batting Stance Guy — was on the scene in New York for the MLB All-Star Game festivities. On Monday night, we gave him the keys to our @MLBonFOX Twitter account to track all the fun from the Home Run Derby. His tweets are below.
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Oakland A's slugger Yoenis Cespedes defeated Washington's Bryce Harper for the 2013 Home Run Derby crown. The Cuban native proudly earned the belt with his ninth blast, a 455-foot shot, in the final round — and he still had five outs to go.
Final-round results — most in round wins (first two rounds don't count)
Cespedes — 9 (longest 455 feet)
Harper — 8 (447 feet)
Second-round results — top two composite scores advanced
Cespedes — 6 (longest 416 feet) = Total 23
Harper — 8 (432 feet) = Total 16
Michael Cuddyer — 8 (417 feet) = Total 15
Chris Davis — 4 (461 feet) = Total 12
First-round results — top four advanced
Cespedes — 17 (longest 456 feet)
Davis — 8 (451 feet)
Harper — 8 (471 feet)
Cuddyer — 7 (421 feet)
Pedro Alvarez — 6 (461 feet)
Prince Fielder — 5 (483 feet)
David Wright — 5 (403 feet)
Robinson Cano — 4 (406 feet)
Hitting for the NL will be Colorado's Michael Cuddyer (16 homers this season), the Mets' David Wright (13), Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez (24) and Washington's Bryce Harper (13). However, some — including teammate Adam Eaton — feel Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt, who has 21 homers and leads the NL with 77 RBI, should be in the NL lineup.
Man I wish I could watch Goldy tonight in the Homerun Derby. He would put on a show.. #WinnerWinnerChickenDinner— Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) July 15, 2013
Representing the AL is Baltimore's Chris Davis, who leads the majors with 37 homers, Detroit's Prince Fielder (16), the Yankees' Robinson Cano (21) and Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes (15). Fielder, the defending champ and also the 2009 winner — when he was with the Milwaukee Brewers — hopes to tie Ken Griffey Jr. as the only slugger to claim three HR Derby trophies.
The Fox Sports Girls are in New York, too. Here's FS Southwest Girl Kaime's prediction.