In the derby final,
Frazier won the coin toss and elected to have Cespedes hit first, thinking the Oakland slugger might be tired because he had hit more recently.
Good thought, but the apparently inexhaustible Cespedes got off to a rocking start with a towering drive to left-center. He found a groove and racked up five home runs before he recorded his fourth out.
Frazier's brother Charlie pitched him into the finals, but the road ended there without a win for the siblings. When Frazier hit his first and only home run, he already had five outs.
An affable Frazier was all smiles as he congratulated Cespedes on his victory.
Cespedes hit a total of 30 home runs, but was nearly eliminated in the first round. Two of his homers came in the opening round as part of a swing-off with Oakland teammate
Cespedes then hit 16 homers over the next two rounds to reach the final.
Frazier finished with 11 home runs.
Cespedes pounded seven home runs after needing to win a swing-off to advance past the first round and keep his hopes of a repeat alive.
When Frazier kicked off the third round with only one homer, it looked like his derby was over. But pre-derby favorite
Frazier advances to the finals with his brother Charlie on the mound.
Puig failed to hit a home run in the first round of the derby.
Frazier will go against either Yoenis Cespedes or Juan
The second round featured head-to-head matchups in each league’s bracket with Cincinnati's
Frazier defeated Colorado's
Frazier secured the win by cranking out four homers in a row with five outs and one with six outs to bring his home run total to six.
Tulowitzki bombed his first home run to the second outfield deck, but hit just one more after that, finishing with two.
The AL matchup featured Cespedes against Baltimore's
Defending champion Cespedes led off by throwing down the gauntlet with nine home runs, including two with one out left.
Jones responded with three homers, allowing Cespedes to advance to face Toronto's
Between the NL and AL matchups, players and fans held up signs with the names of friends and family fighting cancer as part of a "Stand Up to Cancer" campaign.
A real rainbow accompanied the arcing home runs blasted during the first round once the derby finally got under way after a rain delay. Unfortunately, it wasn't a good omen for
Puig failed to hit a home run in his at-bat during the first round of the
Both leagues had to go to a swing off. For the NL, Frazier won a swing-off over Morneau with one home run in the allotted three swings. Frazier has his brother pitching to him. Morneau —now with the Rockies, but a longtime Twins hero — received a standing ovation when he stepped up to bat.
Cespedes won the AL swing-off, 2-1, over teammate Donaldson.
Before the swing-off, Stanton and Bautista provided most of the excitement.
Stanton knocked a homer just over the left-field fence on his first swing and proceeded to put on a show, clobbering six home runs.
Players from both leagues incredulously cheered Stanton on after one of his shots landed in the upper reaches of the third deck, projected at 510 feet if it hadn't hit a seat.
Bautista provided the first spark of excitement as the fourth batter. The AL derby captain clubbed 10 home runs, several of which reached the outfield upper decks. Bautista settled at 10 and walked away after recording just six of the allotted seven outs.
Tulowitski, captain of the NL sluggers, hit four soaring home runs to right, but he chopped a grounder for his seventh out before he could find a rhythm and pad his total.
The tarps are off the field, and the derby is set to begin, offically kicking off the All-Star break festivities.
Rain has delayed the start of the
Cespedes aims to defend his 2013 title for the
There's a good bit of kindling to spark drama between Cespedes and Puig, especially if the two advance to the finals to face off for the title.
While Puig and Abreu were teammates for Cienfuegos in Cuba, Cespedes played for rival Granma.
And he's been vocal in his opinion that he could beat Puig in the derby if it ever given the chance.
The L.A. Times quoted Cespedes through an interpreter last year:
"Not to be disrespectful to him at all, but I know him from Cuba. This is not the type of competition he would be able to excel at. He's not really a home run hitter, so I believe I would win."
Puig has hit the fewest home runs (12) of any of the derby participants. He is often described as more of a line-drive hitter than a slugger of towering home runs.
But that doesn't mean those liners can't leave the park.
Eight of Puig’s 12 home runs cleared 400 feet this season. One soaring shot flew deep out to left-center in cavernous
Puig has a chance to respond to Cespedes when the competition begins at 5 p.m. PDT.