Adam Jones entered the 2014 MLB Home Run Derby looking to become just the third Baltimore Orioles player to ever win the contest, but eventually fell short as he lost in the second round to the eventual champion Yoenis Cespedes.
Jones was able to get through the first round of the derby under the new format as his four home runs in the first round was good enough for second place on the American league side, advancing him to the second round to take on the third place hitter from the American League in a head-to-head challenge.
Cespedes would be his opponent, but first had to take down his teammate Josh Donaldson in a swingoff as they were both tied for the final spot in the second round with three home runs. Cespedes beat Donaldson in the tie-breaking swingoff 2-1 to advance to the second round to take on Jones.
Needless to say Cespedes found his stroke as he belted nine home runs to Jones' three to take down the Orioles centerfielder.
"You can't be too mad about that, losing to Cespedes," Jones said on MLB.com. "He got hot and it was a beautiful thing to see."
Cespedes would take down Jose Bautista in the third round and secure his second straight home run derby title by beating Todd Frazier in the finals. Cespedes became just the second player in MLB Home Run Derby history (Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99)) to win back-to-back Home Run Derby titles.
Jones did hit an absolute moon shot into the second deck of Target Field that captured the crowd and it was obvious that Jones was having a heck of a time.
"I had the time of a lifetime," Jones said on MLB.com, estimating that he brought close to a dozen friends and family on the field with him. "The fans in Baltimore loved it. The fans here that came loved it. This is what it's about — it's about having fun. I'm glad I participated. I would do it again."
Jones, along with Nelson Cruz, will be in action tonight in the 2014 MLB All Star Game as they look to help lead the American League team to a victory and secure home field advantage in the World Series for the American League Champion. Cruz will bat 6th and DH tonight, while Jones will bat 7th and play centerfield for the American League squad.
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