A Cuban once again shined under the bright lights of the Home Run Derby; however, it wasn’t quite the one fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers were hoping for.
For the second consecutive year Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes won the Home Run Derby, becoming only the second player in the history of the event to repeat as champion. By defeating Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier in the finals, Cespedes joins Ken Griffey Jr. as the only back-to-back champions and becomes only the third person to win the event multiple times, joining Griffey Jr. and Prince Fielder.
As for Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig, well, there isn’t much to say. That last sentence lasted about as long as his entire night in Minnesota. Puig stayed in the batters box for 9 pitches, which produced exactly 7 swings, 0 Home Runs, and not a single sign of a bat flip. That last fact is by far the biggest disappointment.
Puig became the latest Dodger to completely whiff in the Home Run Derby and it’s starting to become somewhat of a running joke among those of us in the know.
If I were to ask you which Dodger has hit the most Home Runs in a Home Run Derby what would your answer be?
If you answered Hee-Seop Choi in 2005 with 5 Home Runs you would be 100% correct and you would also be guilty of furiously searching Google while simultaneously having your mind blown.
Five Dodgers have entered the Home Run Derby, for a combined seven appearances. Here is how they have faired, via Andrew Grant of True Blue LA:
Puig now joins the illustrious company of Mike Piazza, who famously went 0-20 in the Home Run Derby. At least Puig showed up with a killer haircut and has a chance to redeem himself in the game that actually matters tomorrow night.