NEW YORK - Joey Votto predicted the winner of the 28th annual Chevy Home Run Derby would be Prince Fielder.
The Detroit Tigers first baseman made an exit after a less than kingly sum of five first-round homers.
Fielder won last year in Kansas City with 28 home runs, eight more than the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista, who either was not invited to participate by captain Robinson Cano or was asked not to compete by Blue Jays management.
“Probably a left-handed hitter will win, someone who pulls the ball,” Votto said before the derby began at Citi Field. “Ichiro Suzuki (110 homers in 9,085 plate appearances) would do real well in a competition here.”
The right-handed hitting Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, only the fourth competitor ever to compete not elected to the all-star game, won before a sold-out crowd of 43,558.
Cespedes had nine homers in the final — including a 455-foot shot to centre — to beat left-handed hitting Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.