Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; American League outfielder Adam Jones (10) of the Baltimore Orioles 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

The Orioles’ Adam Jones Hits Seven Home Runs in Derby

Adam Jones hit four home runs in his 11 swings of the first round of the Home Run Derby of the All-Star Game, and then followed it with three homers in 10 swings of the second round.

If you didn’t see it, maybe it was because, like everything else this season, it was delayed by rain. Imagine that.

And maybe Jones could have done a bit better if he could have somehow gotten some sleep between Baltimore and Minnesota. With the O’s game being called in the fifth inning last night (actually this morning) because of rain, then travelling to the competition halfway across the country, when do these guys ever sleep? Jones would say to this, “Just gotta grind through it!”

Actually, I am out of town and in Boston; and I was going to watch the Derby at a baseball pub with TVs all over the walls – but no sound, NO Chris Berman and his annoying duck call “back, back, back.”  But the delay sent me back to my room with the gravely-voiced announcer. Honestly, he was much toned-down; and I’m guessing he has been told to cool it. Well, amen.

First Round

  • Short fly to left-center field – 1 out
  • Just over the fence in left-center field – home run #1
  • Long foul – 2 outs
  • Line drive home run, just fair – home run #2
  • Long homer to left – home run #3
  • High Fly to left field – 3 outs
  • Ground ball to short – 4 outs
  • Infield Pop – 5 outs
  • Very high HR to left field – home run #4
  • Long foul ball – 6 outs

Long fly to the track in LF – 10’ short – 7 outs

Jose Bautista hit 10 home runs in the first round with only six outs. Jones hit more than many of the others. Yasiel Puig never got even one over the fence.

For the second round, Jones had to compete against 2013 champion Yoenis Cespedes, who hit nine home runs just before Jones came to the plate. And AJ was only able to connect on three…

Round Two

  • Line drive HR to LF – Home run #1
  • High fly to LF
  • Long foul ball curled left of the poll
  • Upper deck home – 463’ projected – Home run #2
  • Foul ball
  • Line drive HR to LF – Home run #3
  • Ball pulled foul
  • Foul pop
  • Fly ball to center field
  • Long foul

Todd Frazier of the Reds was the NL champion, while Cespedes was the AL and overall champion.

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