OAKLAND -– Yoenis Cespedes remains in play to possibly defend his Home Run Derby title, but the surprise Sunday was the revelation that A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson also is in consideration for the event.
Donaldson said Toronto’s Jose Bautista, the American League captain for the Derby, talked to him this weekend about possibly taking part, and Donaldson said he would definitely like to.
Bautista also told him that he’s considering others too. The A.L. and N.L. captain (Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki) both will choose four teammates for the marquee event that takes place one day before the July 15 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis.
“Yeah, I’ve participated in a couple (home run contests),” Donaldson said. “It’s fun.”
Cespedes’ participation is no sure thing, and there were no definitive answers offered during the A’s All-Star media conference following Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Toronto. But Cespedes would like to take part after winning last year’s event at Citi Field. A’s general manager Billy Beane has indicated he would prefer Cespedes not participate and risk injury.