The baseball slugger competition was literally a big hit Monday night. Cespedes, who was left out of the All-Star Game, took the crown over Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round.
In only his second MLB season, the Cuban Oakland Athletics outfielder won after sending his 32nd homer of the night 455 feet over center field. He also had a number of other jaw-dropping shots over the course of the night.
“I felt that I was getting into a very good rhythm, and that as long as the ball was right over the plate, I felt like I was in a good groove,” Cespedes said through a translator. “That was the key.”
“You come for a show in New York. He put on a show,” said Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, set to start for the American League team Tuesday night.