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Prince Fielder wins his second Home Run Derby crown

Jul 9, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

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We made it, you guys.

Another Home Run Derby is in the rear view mirror, as Prince Fielder defeated Jose Bautista in the finals tonight to take home this year’s crown. It was Fielder’s second Home Run Derby win, the other coming back in 2009 in St. Louis. Ken Griffey, Jr., who won in 1994, 1998 and 1999, is the only other player who has won the competition more than once. Yes, they apparently keep records of this stuff.

Fielder slugged a total of 28 homers on the night, including five in the first round, 11 in the second round and 12 in the finals. Plenty of fountain splashes were had. Fielder’s 12 homers in the final round actually tied Robinson Cano‘s final-round record from last year. He also had the longest blast of the night, checking in at 476 feet.

Bautista, who advanced by defeating Mark Trumbo in a swing-off, managed seven homers in the finals. He had 20 overall, including a first-round best of 11.

The National League was suffering from a serious lack of Giancarlo Stanton and it showed in the final tally, as they were crushed 61-21. NL captain Matt Kemp hit one only home run while Carlos Beltran was the only member of the squad to advance to the second round.

While the AL cruised to victory, they didn’t get any help from their captain Cano. He ended up with a goose egg, much to the delight of the Kauffman Stadium faithful. You see, the home crowd was upset that Cano didn’t pick Billy Butler for his squad. And they really let him have it. Almost uncomfortably so.

This is actually the second straight year that the home fans booed one of the Home Run Derby participants, as the Fielder was jeered by the Chase Field crowd last year for not picking Justin Upton. Next year the All-Star Game takes place at Citi Field, so expect lots of disappointment when Mike Nickeas isn’t chosen to participate.

  1. oltanya - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    If Ike Davis can hit next year like he hit for the start of 2011, it would be a nice gesture to have him participate. He’s definitely got the power; he hit a one-handed shot to the second deck on Saturday.

    • D.J. Short - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Yeah, maybe. I’m mostly poking at the notion that a hometown player should automatically be in the Home Run Derby. Don’t agree with that at all. Actually, I am very disappointed that I have put this much thought into the Home Run Derby. Forgive me.

      • normswifevera - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:34 AM

        Nobody was booing Cano because a hometown player should automatically be in the Derby.

        Everyone was booing Cano because he outright said he’d ask a Royal to be in the Derby, then didn’t, then mumbled nonsense when asked why he didn’t.

      • Jeremiah Graves - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM

        I think it would have been great if Cano would have picked Yuniesky Betancourt to please the KC faithful.

      • skids003 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Didn’t you just love how Big Diva ( oops, I mean Papi) always has to try and run around and be the center of attention? He’s like a kid who never got attention when little. Grow up.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    I just cannot find the excitement for this event. I don’t see the joy in watching grown men, who are getting paid millions upon millions dollars to hit MLB pitching, take batting practice. People want to argue that the home run is the best play in all of baseball and my counter response is ” That is not a home run! A guy is piping balls down the chute,belt high, begging to get smashed.”

    • vallewho - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:20 AM

      The ASG and this event is just a big joke. A big money-maker joke for MLB.

      • vallewho - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:21 AM

        And it’s on ESPN.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:20 AM

        It was fixed! ESPN assigned the man in the white shirt to help Fielder.

    • samu0034 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:28 AM

      The phrase “stick in the mud” seems relevant here.

  3. SteelyMcBeam6 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    I agree rolling. I think it’s damn near unwatchable and I love baseball. And Chris Berman with his over the top dimwit commentary just makes it worse. The celebrity softball game is a better watch.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      Then don’t watch it. Nobody cares if you don’t like it.

      • ryan02190 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:14 AM

        Nobody cares that you don’t care that he doesn’t like it.

        What’s the point of the comment section anyway?

  4. Marty - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    That’s great, good for him.

    Do they have a shoe tying contest too?

    • samu0034 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:30 AM

      Hahahaha! Fat jokes! Whew… that’s some funny shit.

  5. crackersnap - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    They should make them run the bases after every ball hit over the fence. Fielder would never make it out of the first round.

  6. sabres2012 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    This is so stupid. It’s the stupid home run derby. Youre not satisfied that your city has the opportunity to host the all star game that you have to whine because Cano didn’t pick that butler guy for the stupid? Seriously grow up. All those fans who booed Cano should be ashamed of themselves. You shouldnt even be hosting the game because your team blows.

  7. sabres2012 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:09 AM


  8. vallewho - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    In retrospect, Cano should have wasted a pick on Butler. Because we all know he’s built the reputation around the league as long ball threat. He has 90 for his entire career. Looks like he’ll put up a career-high this year in HRs though.

    • normswifevera - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:25 AM

      Yeah, what a wasted pick Butler would have been. He couldn’t possibly have beaten that towering total of ZERO that Cano put up.

  9. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    Did someone say Ken Griffey, Jr? I will gladly post an obligatory video of one of the all-timers. And since D.J. won’t take home runs seriously tonight, let’s go with a catch:

  10. Old Gator - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    Best part of it all was watching Big Papi on the sidelines, playing Gunga Din and fetching the Gatorade and having a good ole time laughing, whooping it up and mugging at the longer bombs. Biggest kid I ever seen.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:38 AM

      Have you ever seen Rob Dibble?

      • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:43 AM

        I can’t be sure. I had eaten a lot of burritos the night before.

    • skids003 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Yeah, Gator Big Diva isn’t happy if he isn’t the center of attention. He’s like a 4 yaer old.

  11. sictransitchris - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    I will never understand why some people get so worked up about the All-Star festivities.

  12. buccaneerz78 - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:54 AM


    • samu0034 - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:10 AM

      Jesus Christ… He’s got a reasonably attractive wife, two healthy kids, he makes millions of dollars playing a game that we love better than we could ever hope to play it. And the only thing you can do is insult him because he’s fat. At least make a funny fat joke, or shut your friggin’ pie hole.

      • buccaneerz78 - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:17 AM


      • samu0034 - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:52 AM

        See, that’s funnier. You’re getting there.

  13. pjhurley5 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    So this would make him the first player to ever win it for both NL and AL, right? Kinda cool…

  14. vincentbojackson - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Great week for Prince. Won the home run derby contest last night and placed second in the hot dog eating contest at Coney Island on the 4th.

  15. pmcenroe - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Cano should have embraced it and made a complete heel-turn. Granderson/Sabathia comeout halfway through to give him some stick-on menacing eyebrows. Then just start lacing foul balls into the crowd

  16. baccards - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    The ESPN coverage was horrendous – During the McCutchen turn they mention him ONCE, and that in a “oh by the way McCutchen just hit one” – the rest of his time was dedicated to Josh Hamilton – a total lack of respect –

    • skids003 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      They did that to a couple of other guys too. I agree, it was disrespecful.

  17. foreverchipper10 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Frommers fun fact: Fielder is the first person to win in both leagues.

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