The majors leading home run hitter, Chris Davis, did not win the 2013 home run derby. It's not that sad, it's only for fun after all. Instead the winner was the Oakland Athletic Yoenis Cespedes, who isn't even on the All Star team. He was just here for the derby! Well, he made the most of it. He beat out Bryce Harper by a score of 9-8 in the finals.
Cespedes hit a total of 32 home runs, with an outstanding 17 in the very first round. His first round was simply brilliant as he tattooed balls into the second and third decks of Citi Field. Going into the second round he led the competition by nine home runs. The next closest were Davis and Harper who hit eight.
Cespedes, Davis, Harper, and dark horse Michael Cuddyer made it to the second round. Cespedes's 17 first-round homers were more than any of the other hitters had in the second round combined, so he didn't even need to hit if he didn't want to. But he decided to take some swings and added 5 to his total.
Neither of the captains from the two New York teams made the second round. Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees followed up his goose egg in the 2012 derby with just four this time. And David Wright of the New York Mets didn't fare much better, hitting just five in the first round.
Davis, the first Oriole to participate in the HR derby since Miguel Tejada and the favorite of many to win the whole thing, was out after hitting just four homers in the second round. It was revealed after he finished that during the second swing on the second round, Davis opened a callous off of his right hand and was bleeding into his batting glove for the rest of the round. He taped it up and came back out to the field to watch the rest of the derby and at this time it's not thought to be serious. It better not be, because the Orioles need him!
Here are your totals:
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