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Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; National League infielder Justin Morneau (33) of the Colorado Rockies at bat in the first round during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau Fall Short In Home Run Derby

Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; National League infielder Troy Tulowitzki (2) of the Colorado Rockies hits a home run in the first round during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Yoenis Cespedes became just the second player in MLB history to win back-to-back Home Run Derby’s, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (98-99) as the only other professional to do so.

The Colorado Rockies had two participants in this year’s Home Run Derby, Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau.

Morneau was welcomed back to Minnesota with a standing ovation from the crowd. Morneau spent the last 11 season playing for the Minnesota Twins.

It would have been amazing to see a Rockie win the Home Run Derby, but sadly that wasn’t the case. Even though they put on a good show, neither Tulowitzki or Morneau were able to make it to the finals.

Morneau lost in the first round in a swing off to Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds. Frazier then knocked out Tulowitzki in the second round 6-2.

Frazier then bested Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins 1-0 and Cespedes ousted Jose Bautista 7-4 in the third round to set up the finals.

Cespedes captured his second title in a row by soundly defeating Frazier 9-1.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the entire derby was Yasiel Puig. Puig was quite possibly the most talked about participant of this year’s derby. He ended up getting shut out and eliminated in the first round.

Be sure to remember to watch Tulowitzki and teammate  Charlie Blackmon in this year’s All Star game. The game is set for 8:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM MT on Fox.

Tags: Colorado Rockies Home Run Derby Justin Morneau Troy Tulowiotzki

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