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DLD 7/15/13: Derby Edition

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Links before the Home Run Derby.

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With Yoenis Cespedes about to participate in the Home Run Derby, it's only fitting that we share this article about Cespedes and his family's journey to the United States. Susan Slusser wrote it with Demian Bulwa, and it is honestly one of the best baseball-related articles I have ever read.

Here's a good article by Jeff Sullivan on tweaking the home run derby.

Ever wondered why Selig has never made a decision regarding the Blue Ribbon Committee?

On this day a year ago, the A's finished off a sweep of the Twins, clubbing four homers for the second day in a row in the process. It was a great way to start the second half. Hopefully this year they do something similar. This time, they'll be facing weak pitching staffs (or at least perceived to be weak) for the first ten games instead of the first three. Hopefully they take advantage.

On that note, I'd like to start some discussion in here: What was your favorite moment of the first half?