Yoenis Cespedes made some excellent sluggers look like mere mortals in the 2013 Home Run Derby.
Some of the biggest favorites heading into the entertaining event struggled to get their campaigns to win the competition off the ground as they sputtered to disappointing totals.
Bryce Harper and Cespedes beat out a field of much more accomplished sluggers to get to the finals. Harper and Cespedes both had the least amount of experience and career home runs in the field.
The emergence of the two young guns meant that a few favorites were bound to be pushed out. While the showcase Harper and Cespedes put on is to be celebrated, here were the performances that were downright cringe-worthy.
Playing in front of the home field at Citi Field, it was assumed that Wright would put on a show as the crowd favorite.
It didn't happen.
The third baseman, who has 13 home runs on the season, failed to get into a rhythm at the plate. He hit just five home runs and didn't advance past the first round. As one of the few Mets playing in Tuesday's All-Star game, one has to imagine Wright has been busy the last few days.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Wright was gassed by the time the contest rolled around but still happy to represent the team.
David Wright said he was gassed during Derby, but haven't seen wide smile on his face like this in while. Beaming at being #Mets ambassador.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) July 16, 2013
It's great that Wright was able to keep a positive outlook, but watching the hometown guy go deep into the competition would have made an entertaining derby even better.
As the 2011 Home Run Derby winner and a strong left-handed bat with the ability to pull home runs to Citi Field's shallow left field, Cano was a dark horse pick to be a threat on Monday.
Much like his fellow New York slugger, Cano never got things going. He hit just four home runs and was eliminated after the first round. It earned him the dubious distinction of having the lowest home run count in consecutive home run derbies.
Per Numbers Never Lie, he failed to go yard even once last year.
Well...Robinson Cano has already surpassed his 2012 #HRDerby total of ZERO. So, that's good.— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) July 16, 2013
With just four home runs in the last two years, it might be time for Cano to retire from the event.
Unlike Cano, Fielder dominated the home run derby last season. Granted he hit just five home runs in the first round, but he rallied to total 28 on the night and took home his second derby title.
This year, he didn't get the chance.
Fielder once again hit five home runs in the first round, but the competition was a little bit better this season. He needed at least seven to force a swing-off with Michael Cuddyer.
He did hit his 68th career derby homer, moving him up the all-time list, per Numbers Never Lie.
Prince Fielder is now 3rd all-time with 68 career #HRDerby blasts. He surpassed Jason Giambi (67) & Sammy Sosa (65) during that round.— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) July 16, 2013
But with his considerable power to left field and a track record of derby dominance, this was a disappointing effort.