In the first half of the 2012 season, Prince Fielder has 15 home runs and is a threat to take home the league MVP award. On Monday, Fielder nearly doubled his home run total. Prince Fielder smashed a staggering 28 homers, good for first place in the 2012 Home Run Derby. Fielder has two wins in four appearances in the Home Run Derby portion of All-Star Weekend.
Fielder joins Ken Griffey Jr. as the only multiple-time home run derby winner (Junior won the event three times). Fielder is the only person thus far to win the home run derby with two different leagues. In 2009, he won the home run derby while a member of the National League’s Milwaukee Brewers in St. Louis, Missouri; now, he won the home run derby in Kansas City, Missouri’s Kauffman Stadium as a member of the American League’s Detroit Tigers. If Kauffman Stadium sounds vaguely familiar, it’s the place where Mariano Rivera possibly ended his career warming up for a game.
“It’s fun,” said Fielder, son of former MLB star Cecil Fielder. “Especially because my kids are out there and they are having a blast. Anytime you see your kids having a good time, you enjoy it as well. I’m just happy that I am healthy and able to be here. If I’m invited, I’ll keep doing it. They are a lot of fun.”
Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays took second; Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (the official team name) took third after losing to Bautista in a swing-off to make it to the final round.
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