Kansas City – Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers won the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby. Fielder joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win the event twice. He also became the first player to win as a player in both leagues. He won his second home run derby in 4 years. His first title was in 2009 in another Missouri city (St. Louis). The Tigers first baseman will be starting in tomorrow’s All-Star Game for the American League.
Fielder started slow in the competition barely making it to the second round by just making 5 in Round One.
First Round Standings:
Jose Beltran paced the first round with 11. Carlos Beltran and Mark Trumbo were joint second with 7. Fielder barely edged Carlos Gonzales and Andrew McCutchen. Matt Kemp had only 1 homer while defending champion Robinson Cano if the New York Yankees got shut out.
Results after Round 2:
Fielder started to wax hot in the second round as he belted 11 home runs for a total of 16. Mark Trumbo was able to catch up with round one leader Bautista for the second spot with 13. Beltran was eliminated with a total of 12 homers after 2 rounds. Because there was a tie for second, Trumbo and Bautista had to do a swing off. Toronto’s Jose Bautista won the swing off by out distancing Los Angeles Angels’ Trumbo 442 ft. to 417 ft.
Prince Fielder outdid his amazing second round performance by hitting 12 bombs in the final round. Toronto Blue Jays‘ Jose Bautista only made 7, giving the title to the Detroit Tiger’s first baseman. The sponsor State Farm donated 615,000 to the community.
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