On-Base Perception

Newsday's new all-encompassing baseball blog on the Yankees, Mets, MLB and more from around the sport.

Yoenis Cespedes named to AL Home Run Derby team

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes, right, is

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes, right, is greeted near the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong during the third inning. (March 30, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Robinson Cano waited an extra day to make his final Home Run Derby conestant selection. He didn't disappoint with his choice.

The Yankees second baseman, who will captain the American League squad in Monday's Home Run Derby, went with Oakland A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes as his final selection Tuesday afternoon.

Cespedes joins Cano, Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers and Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles as AL representatives. They'll go up against David Wright of the Mets, Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.

The Cuban-born Cespedes, who's been known for his batting-practice bombs, has swatted 15 home runs this season, tying Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss for most on the team. He as 38 career home runs in 203 games played.

Cespedes was named to the Derby despite not being a part of the AL All-Star team, making him the fourth non-All-Star to participate (Rafael Palmeiro, 2004; Hee-Seop Choi, 2005, Ryan Howard, 2007). Cespedes will be the first member of the A's to play in the Home Run Derby since Jason Giambi in 2011.

Tags: Home Run Derby , Yoenis Cespedes

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Baseball highlights


Which team off to a good start is most likely to fade?

Athletics Braves Brewers White Sox

advertisement | advertise on newsday