The Home Run Derby hasn’t exactly been the place for the Los Angeles Dodgers to show a display of power since it started in 1985. Yasiel Puig continued the trend set by former Dodgers when he failed to hit even one homer in this years contest at Target Field in Minnesota.
Interestingly enough, Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton –the favorite to win the whole thing– couldn’t come up with a homer in the semi-final. Stanton’s exit cleared the way for Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes to win his second consecutive Derby.
With the new format for 2014, hitters were only given seven outs as opposed to the 10 they had in the past. With Jose Cano –father of Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano— feeding him the ball, Puig ended his night before it really began.
Entering Monday night the Dodgers had a combined 10 homers by four players in six appearances. Puig finished last joining Mike Piazza (1993, 1994) who didn’t hit any in back-to-back appearances.
Raul Mondesi (1995) hit just two in his only trip, while Matt Kemp managed only two (2011) and one (2012) in his two appearances.
Hee-Seop Choi remains at the top of the list for the Dodgers. The left-handed first baseman finished with five homers in 2005 leaving him tied for fifth. Choi wasn’t even an All-Star when he entered the Derby and would only play in 55 more games (22 starts) in his major league career.
Four Dodgers will be on the field Tuesday night representing the National League in the 85th installment of the All-Star Game. Puig will start the game in right field hitting second in the lineup and will be joined by teammates Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Dee Gordon.