ESPN screws up graphic after Vladimir Guerrero Jr wins 2023 Home Run Derby in Seattle
Vladimir Guerrero Jr won the 2023 Home Run Derby last night at T-Mobile Park in Seattle but it looks like ESPN was anticipating that Randy Arozarena was going to take home the crown.
Vlad Jr. beat Arozarena 25-23 in the final round to win the Home Run Derby and after the Toronto Blue Jays star won the event, ESPN put up a graphic stating that Vlad was the “2nd Cuban-born HR Derby Champion” with Yoenis Cespedes being the only other player to win.
ESPN botches Vladimir Guerrero Jr Graphic after HR Derby Win
Well, that graphic was completely wrong for many reasons.
As the tweet above indicates, Guerrero was born in Canada while his father, Vlad Sr. (who also won the HR Derby during his day) was playing for the Montreal Expos. Vlad Jr. then moved to the Dominican Republic, where he grew up.
ESPN clearly had two graphics made up, one for Guerrero and one for Arozarena who was born in Cuba before fleeing the country for Mexico. Arozarena later signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.