There has been speculation that Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes may be invited to MLB’s Home Run Derby next month, but A’s manger Bob Melvin who tosses batting practice to the Cuba native says he’s not too interested in taking part – though, he has an idea who might be.
Cespedas, who puts on a show in BP with Melvin nightly, smiled when asked about assisting the 26-year-old power hitter in the annual July contest, suggesting that Cespedas’ mother would be a better option.
Cespedas’ mother of course, is a member of the Cuban Olympic softball team.
Per Jane Lee:
On possibility of Cespedes in HR Derby, Melvin smiles, says, “They’d probably have to fly me in for that. I don’t aspire to throw in that.”
Melvin likes the idea of Cespedes’ mother, a lefty on the Cuban Olympic softball team, throwing to him if he’s invited to Derby.
Yoenis currently is tied for 7th in the American League with 9 home runs, though, he has only played in 36 games. He finished the 2012 season with 23 home runs in 129 games.