Detroit Tigers All-Star first basemen Prince Fielder was eliminated in the first round of the 2013 Home run derby after hitting just 5 home runs. Fielder, a two-time champion, was attempting to become the only other player to win the event three times.
However it was not to be as Yoenis Cespedes became the first Oakland Athletic to win the event since Mark McGwire. Cepedes hit a total of 17 home runs in the first round which was enough to carry him through to the finals. But he hit in the second round anyway winning the team event for the American League and adding 46,000 more dollars in gold ball donations for the boys and girls clubs.
Yoenis Cepedes saved his most dramatic shot for the final round. Bryce Harper was the other finalist and put up 8 home runs in the final round a total that would have won most Derbys. It wasn’t enough for Cespedes. He hit 9 home runs to take the trophy. The winning home run was a tape measure blast that traveled over 500 feet.
The Detroit Tigers were in the bidding for Yoenis Cespedes before the 2012 season after he defected from Cuba. The Cuban phenom chose the Oakland Athletics leaving Tigers fans to wonder what a line-up with Cabrera, Fielder and Cespedes might have looked like.