2014 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby
The 2014 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby (known through sponsorship as the Gillette Home Run Derby) is a home run hitting contest between five batters each from the American League and National League. The derby was held on July 14, 2014, at the site of the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Target Field in Minneapolis. Yoenis Céspedes was the winner, repeating his performance in 2013 and joining Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win consecutive Home Run Derbies.
In June, MLB named José Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies the Home Run Derby captains. On July 8, 2014, the captains each made their first three picks, while saving their final pick for July 10. Tulowitzki selected Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, and would later select his teammate Justin Morneau who played in Minnesota for ten seasons. Bautista selected defending home run derby champion Yoenis Céspedes of the Oakland Athletics, Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins, and Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, and added Oakland's Josh Donaldson as his fifth AL selection.
As announced by Major League Baseball, there were changes to the format of the Home Run Derby in 2014. Five players participated from each league, making ten total participants rather than eight in the past. The batting order for the first round was determined prior to the event, with hitter #1 for the National League hitting first, followed by hitter #1 for the American League, and so on until each participant has batted. Each participant received seven outs, rather than 10 in previous years. The player who hit the most home runs from each league in the first round received a bye to the semifinals. The participants with the second and third most home runs from each league will face each other to determine the second semifinalist. The NL semifinal occurred first followed by the AL semifinal. The semifinal winners from each league competed in the finals to determine the Home Run Derby champion. The batting order for the finals was be determined by a coin flip. The flex ball, replacing the golden ball from past years, came into play after 6 outs. A home run hit off of a flex ball resulted in a $10,000 donation to charity by Gillette and MLB. Ties in any round were broken by a 3-swing swing-off, and if still needed, sudden-death swings until one player homers and the other does not.
|Target Field, Minneapolis — A.L. 54, N.L. 24|
|Player||Team||League||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Finals||Total|
|Yoenis Céspedes||Athletics||American||3 (2)||9||7||9||28|
|Todd Frazier||Reds||National||2 (1)||6||1||1||10|
|José Bautista||Blue Jays||American||10||Bye||4||—||14|
|Josh Donaldson||Athletics||American||3 (1)||—||—||—||3|
|Justin Morneau||Rockies||National||2 (0)||—||—||—||2|
- Numbers in parentheses denote tiebreaker swingoff
- Numbers in bold denote round leader
- The captains of the AL and NL teams appear in italics
|Round 2||Round 3 (Semifinals)||Finals|
|American League||1||José Bautista||4|
|2||Adam Jones||3||3||Yoenis Céspedes||7|
|3||Yoenis Céspedes||9||3||Yoenis Céspedes||9|
|National League||1||Giancarlo Stanton||0|
|2||Troy Tulowitzki||2||3||Todd Frazier||1|
- Perrotto, John (July 15, 2014). "La Potencia time: Yoenis Cespedes defends HR Derby title". usatoday.com. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- "Bautista, Tulowitzki to captain Derby". ESPN. June 24, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- "Yoenis Cespedes back for HR Derby". ESPN. July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- O'Brien, Evan (July 14, 2014). "The 2014 Home Run Derby". Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- "New format for 2014 Home Run Derby". ESPN. July 12, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.