Prince Fielder Wins The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Prince Fielder has hit 15 home runs in 86 games for the Detroit Tigers. That ranks him a lackluster 27th among major-league hitters at the traditionally halfway point of the season. It has also been cause for disappointment in Detroit where expectations were high after the Tigers signed the 28-year-old first baseman to a nine-year, $214-million contract as a free agent during the winter.
Perhaps Fielder is in for a big second half, though, as he won the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Fielder had hit at least 30 home runs in each of the last five seasons, all with Milwaukee, including 50 to lead the National League in 2007.
Fielder advanced to the finals by hitting 16 home runs in the first two rounds, five in the first and 11 in the second. He finished with a total of 28, with a long of 476 feet and an average of 432.
Bautista went deep 11 times in the first round and just twice in the second, but his total of 13 got him into the final. Bautista led the major leagues in home runs each of the last two seasons, hitting with 54 in 2010 and 43 in 2011 and is tops again this year with 27.
In all, Bautista hit 20 homers on Monday. His longest was 442 feet and he averaged 418.
Beltran hit a total of 12 home runs, seven in the first round and five in the second. He averaged 420 feet on his long balls and saved his best for last, hitting a 459-foot blast.
Trumbo hit seven balls out of the first round and six in the second for a total of 13. His longest homer was 457 feet and he had a 432-foot average.
Last year's champion, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, did not make it out of the first round as he failed to hit any home runs.
Also eliminated from the eight-man field in the first round were Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp and Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Gonzalez and McCutchen both had four home runs, while Kemp, who has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a hamstring injury, went deep just once.
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