MINNEAPOLIS — Having given up an American League-leading 19 homers, Rays ace David Price considered himself somewhat of an expert on Monday night's All-Star Home Run Derby.
"Pretty sure everyone that has hit in the #HRDerby has taken me deep," Price tweeted. "Sometimes I think I could take myself yard...#prollynot"
Price had a field-level view for the impressive show, as Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes repeated as champion by beating unexpected finalist Todd Frazier of the Reds 9-1 in the final of the three-plus hour affair.
Cespedes first "won" the American League bracket by topping Toronto's Jose Bautista, who hit 10 in the first round after none in the weekend series with the Rays. Frazier eliminated Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who had an NL-most six in the first round, to get to the final.
The highlight was a first-round blast by Stanton deep into the third deck, estimated by ESPN at 422 feet but with a "projected distance" of 510.
Earlier, Price tweeted, "I'm pumped no one asked me to throw to them in the #HRDerby tonight!! Haha I'm not scared to give up homers!!! #illchallengeyou #mightlose" .