Oakland A’s Yoenis Cespedes wins 2013 MLB Home Run Derby

In what most would consider a surprising result Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes defeated Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round to win the 2013 MLB Home Run Derby.

ImageWith the victory Cespedes became the first player not selected to the All-Star team to win the Derby, he was also the last addition to the field after Detroit Tigers MVP Miguel Carbera turned down a spot due to a sore back.

The competition this year was fierce, but Cespedes set the pace for the night early when he bashed 17 home runs in Round 1, and eventually hit 32 home runs overall tied for third most all-time during a single derby.

Cespedes was so dominant that he won the competition over Harper with five swings to go.  Last years champion Prince Fielder and NL team captain David Wright were non-factors.  As was AL team captain Robinson Cano and overall home run leader Chris Davis.  Wright received a strong ovation in his home town park Citi Field.

Thanks to the efforts of Cespedes the AL out homered the NL 53-50 and the 103 home runs hit raised $529,000 for charity.

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