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Home Run Hoopla: Last Year’s HR Derby

I’m going to go out there and say if you didn’t get a little misty-eyed watching last year’s Home Run Derby, you have no soul and probably get a special high listening to Nickelback.

Last July, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano captured the title with his father, Jose, on the pitcher’s mound. Cano’s pop is a former MLB player himself (he retired in ’89/ played for the Yankees, Braves and Astros) and was on the other side of the plate in his son’s 12-homer final round in his path to Derby domination.

Cano narrowly beat Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (12-11, final round) for the win. Both sluggers were born in ’82, putting Cano (October birthday) at 28 and Gonzalez at 29 (May baby).

Here are quick facts from the MLB.com recap of last year’s event at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ home turf: Chase Field (Phoenix):

Winner: Robinson Cano

Runner-up: Adrian Gonzalez

American League Captain: David Ortiz

National League Captain: Prince Fielder

AL Homers: 76

NL Homers: 19 

Money Donated to Boys & Girls Clubs: $603,000

This year’s State Farm Home Run Derby is set for July 9 ( 8 p.m. ET) at Kauffman Stadium — home of the Kansas City Royals. Cano (Yankees), Fielder (Tigers), Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) and Mark Trumbo (Angels) will be repping the AL while Matt Kemp (Dodgers), Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies), Carlos Beltran (Cardinals) and Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) will slug for the NL. Cano is the captain for the AL and Kemp is the captain for the NL. This year, the competition is upping its social media sweetness and players can upload live content on their Twitter accounts via the social media stations designated for each dugout. Search for #HRDerby on Twitter and watch the Derby from the comfort of your couch on ESPN.

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