OAKLAND (KCBS) – A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes slugged his way to victory at the All-Star Home Run Derby Monday night.

“He was great,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “The thing that was cool about it was the other players were interested in watching him… Even when the Red Sox were in town a week ago, they would come out just to watch him take batting practice. That goes back to the days of McGwire and Canseco, where you used to get to the A’s games early to watch batting practice. Those guys would hit back to back in batting practice and other players would come out and watch them. Cespedes has that.”

Madden was also impressed with some of the pitchers for the Home Run Derby.

“What I thought was real cool was a couple guys had their dads pitch to them,” Madden said. “It’s pretty cool when you’re that age and your dad can still pitch batting practice and throw it like that, because that’s a real skill too… When you watch that and you kind of think back to how many years they’ve been doing that — that’s probably the reason that guy’s there.” (7:30)

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

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