Elsa/Getty Images
By SI Wire
July 15, 2014

On Monday night Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes became the first back-to-back winner of the Home Run Derby since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998 and '99. But Cespedes' accomplishment was less than thrilling. Even without the half-hour rain delay, viewers had to endure over three-hours of what some call a glorified batting practice.

CHEN: Slugging prospects Gallo, Bryant could end MLB's power drought

It seemed there were just as many people on Twitter that were complaining about the length of the event as were congratulating Cespedes. 

JAFFE: Historical significance surrounding Abreu's home run chase

According to Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, it isn't MLB's fault the even is so long—it's ESPN's. 

Of course, while that may explain the matter, it might not make viewers feel any better. 

-Jack Jorgensen

You May Like