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Home Run Derby viewers critical of ESPN reporter's bilingual interviews (Poll)

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Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics reacts during the final round of the Chevrolet Home Run Derby on July 15, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images

Earlier this week, Cuban player Yoenis Cespedes took home the trophy for Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby. But a moment off the field was also in the spotlight.

When ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez interviewed Cespedes after the game, he asked the native Spanish speaker a question in Spanish, then translated the answer in English. 

Almost immediately on social media, people went to congratulate Cespedes, but also criticized Gomez for doing the interview in Spanish:

Some also responded positively to Gomez's grasp of both languages:

What's wrong with Spanish on the field? Joining us is ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez and Adrian Burgos Jr., professor of history at the University of Illinois and author of, "Playing America's Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line."

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