2014 Home Run Derby
Reigning Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes returned to defend his title in 2014. The event featured a new format in which each hitter has seven outs, both leagues have five participants, the players with the most home runs from the American League and National League in Round 1 receive an automatic bye into the semifinals, and home runs will not be carried over from round to round.
Round 1 -- Cespedes hits three
The captain for the AL was Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista. His team included Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier, Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones, and A's Josh Donaldson. Bautista hit 10 home runs, the most by any hitter in the first round and received a bye into the semifinals. Jones secured a spot in the second round after hitting four long balls. The final player to advance for the AL team would be either Donaldson or Cespedes.
Cespedes vs. Donaldson
After both hit a total of three home runs, Cespedes battled Donaldson for the second time in Round 1. Each hitter had three attempts to hit as many home runs as possible. Cespedes clobbered two balls in three swings, while Donaldson was only able to drive one over the fence. The A's outfielder went head-to-head with Jones in the second round of the AL bracket.
Round 2 -- Cespedes hits nine homers
After getting off to a slow start, a relaxed Cespedes put on a show in Round 2 of the derby. He went yard nine times and made it difficult for Jones to dethrone him. Jones hit some impressive lasers of his own, but finished with three home runs and was eliminated.
Semifinals -- Cespedes hits seven towering home runs
Cespedes took on Bautista in the semifinals and continued to rake. He smashed seven moonshots, and even had time to get "cooled down" by some of his American League All-Star teammates. Bautista however, recorded just four home runs and suffered from the long layoff after a bye.
Finals -- Cespedes blasts nine bombs to win title
Cespedes made history on Monday by defeating Cincinnati Reds' Todd Frazier, who only hit one jack in the finals. Cespedes launched nine big flies, averaging 409 feet and included a 452-foot no-doubter, which was the longest recorded home run of the night. With the win, Cespedes joins Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win the contest in consecutive years.