Cespedes wins second straight HR Derby

Cespedes joined Ken Griffey, Jr. and Prince Fielder as the only players to win the HR Derby more than once. Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes won his second consecutive MLB All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis. Cespedes beat Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round.

The start of the event was delayed nearly an hour due to light rain and temperatures dropped below 60 degrees. Cespedes became the first back-to-back winner since Seattle Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. won the event in 1998 and 1999. He beat Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, who hit 10 home runs in the first round, in the semifinals, while Frazier beat Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton 1-0 in the other semifinal.

“I’m somebody who’s very conscious of the power that I have. So I don’t need to put more of a swing or more of an effort in order to hit a home run,” Cespedes said. “I just have to look for a good pitch and put a good swing on it, and it usually takes care of it.”

Cespedes’ final home run was a 452-foot blast into the third deck at Target Field, the longest home run of the night.