Tigers’ Fielder Wins 2nd Home Run Derby Title @tigers
The Detroit Tigers are on a roll and national baseball fans were able to witness the power of first base slugger Prince Fielder, as he won his second Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby
Prince Fielder, who was awarded a new nine-year, $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers joined Ken Griffey Jr. as a multiple winner of Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby.
“Just being mentioned with him is real special,” said Fielder, who spent time at Griffey’s house when he was a kid. “My dad would let me go over and play video games all day. He always took care of me when I was a kid.”
Fielder slugged 12 homers in the final round last night to beat the Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista.
Fielder also won the Home Run Derby in 2009 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers and last night became the first player to win the event in both leagues. Griffey won three Home Run Derby titles while with the Seattle Mariners.
“It’s not easy,” Fielder said. “You have to use a round bat to hit a round ball square, so figure that out.”
Fielder totaled 16 home runs over the first two rounds to advance to the final and had the longest blasts of the contest, with two homers estimated at 476 feet each.
Cano became the 17th player to fail to hit a home run at the contest, joining a group that includes Griffey and Fielder’s father, Cecil, in 1990.
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