The 2013 Home Run Derby was one to remember, as Yoenis Cespedes and Bryce Harper battled until the bitter end for the championship gold. When it was all said and done, Cespedes hit nine home runs in the final round to top Harper's eight and become the 2013 Home Run Derby champion.
The question is, what were the less memorable performances from an otherwise marvelous night?
For every stunning home run that traveled into the depths of Citi Field, we saw just as many mis-hit pitches. Unfortunately, those underwhelming strikes piled up for more than a few players involved in the Home Run Derby.
Here are the most lackluster performances of Monday evening.
Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
Round 1: 4 HR
Long: 406 feet
Average: 377 feet
Robinson Cano won the 2011 Home Run Derby, hitting 32 total long balls and thus moving into third all-time in terms of the most slugged in one event. In 2012, Cano followed that performance by failing to hit a single home run.
2013 wasn't much prettier.
In New York City, Cano managed just four first-round home runs, which was the lowest total of any player involved. Not only was it the least amount hit, but Cano averaged a travel distance of 377 feet per home run.
The second-lowest in any round was 390.
Not only was Cano unable to strike home runs at the level expected of him, but the ones he did hit were far from impressive. While the 2011 Home Run Derby crown may solidify his status as a threat in any of these events, the past two years have been disturbingly poor for Cano.
His future involvement may hinge on a comeback performance in 2014.
Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers
Round 1: 5 HR
Long: 483 feet
Average: 404 feet
Prince Fielder is one of two multi-time champions in the history of the Home Run Derby. The only other player to win the event on multiple occasions, Ken Griffey Jr., won the title three times to Fielder's two.
The Detroit Tigers star couldn't have expected to tie Griffey with this type of performance.
Fielder smacked a 483-foot bomb, which had the fans in attendance clamoring for a repeat of Fielder's 2012 victory. Back-to-back wins were not to be, however, as Fielder hit just five total home runs in the round that Yoenis Cespedes struck 17.
A disappointing performance from the reigning Home Run king.
Fielder remains one of the most powerful players in baseball, but this performance is on par with his surprisingly low 16 home runs in 94 games. With 276 career home runs and playing in his ninth season, it's not hard to see why fans are so surprised by his lack of power.
Monday simply confirmed that Fielder isn't playing in the manner we expect.
David Wright, New York Mets
Round 1: 5 HR
Long: 403 fee
Average: 397 feet
David Wright hit 22 home runs during the 2006 event, falling just shy of Ryan Howard's mark of 23 for the victory. Since then, Wright has been absent from the Home Run Derby, opting out of returns to the event.
With the derby coming to Citi Field, Wright was flat-out disappointing.
He may not be the most revered power hitter, but with Wright in front of his home crowd, fans expected a repeat of 2006. That may not have been able to top Yoenis Cespedes' 32 home runs, but it would have been better than what New York received.
Wright hit five total home runs with a long of 403 feet.
Wright's inability to find the power in his bat left some home fans with little interest in the remainder of the event. While Cespedes woke the world up with his swings, looking back on Wright's performance is putting us to sleep.
It wasn't pretty, but Wright has the pedigree to fare better in future seasons.
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