May 29, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52, right) hits a RBI-triple to score center fielder Coco Crisp (4, not pictured) in front of San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28, left) during the first inning at AT

Oakland Athletics: Yoenis Cespedes to Participate in Home Run Derby


For those around the nation who haven’t gotten a chance to witness the pure power of Yoenis Cespedes, it will be on display on July 15 in New York City.

Yes indeed, Oakland Athletics outfielder Cespedes was named the final participant in the Home Run Derby on Tuesday afternoon, joining Robinson Cano, Chris Davis, and Prince Fielder as representatives for the American League.

Cespedes was chosen even though he wasn’t selected as an All-Star, which is rarely done, but he is a more than worthy exception.

By last year’s standards, Cespedes is having a down year, hitting just .223 with 15 home runs. But boy oh boy, you can bet that all 15 of those home runs were absolutely crushed.

Cespedes is a man amongst boys when it comes to hitting the long ball, and you can tell the difference just by hearing the sound of the bat making contact with the ball. It’s an extremely crisp and loud sound, and the ball shoots out of stadium faster than you can blink.

The second-year player out of Cuba had previously expressed his wish to be in the derby, telling CSN, “It would be an honor to be at the All-Star Game and take part in the Home Run Derby.”

If you need a reminder of his power, just watch this highlight reel:


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