Fielder first eliminated in Home Run Derby

This might be the only time Prince Fielder enters any baseball competition as a leadoff hitter. Once he finished his swings in Monday night’s Home Run Derby, totaling five home runs, it was a merciless wait to see if he advanced.

It was not particularly long. Once first-time Derby contestants Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Cuddyer, Pedro Alvarez and Chris Davis followed him with better opening rounds, Fielder went from looking to match Ken Griffey Jr. with three Derby crowns to looking at an early exit at Citi Field.

From his first two swings, Fielder seemingly was on his way to an encore of his winning performance from last year in Kansas City. His first swing took a ball out 379 feet to right field, followed by a 483-foot launch into the upper deck.

From there, however, he went into a power outage, flying out twice to right before getting a 363-foot drive over the fence.

Four consecutive outs followed, Fielder struggling to get the ball into the hot, humid New York air with enough power to clear the fences at Citi Field. He pulled everything, but powered nothing, lining one pitch foul into the seats down the right-field line.

A 370-foot drive ended his drought, but a line drive into the gap in right-center field started another one. Once his liner to the right-field corner fell just short of the fence, he was down to his final out.

He made a rally, launching ball off the canopy near the concourse in right-center field, but his final drive died in the depths of center field.

Instead of a repeat of last year’s crown, Fielder’s attempt to defend his crown ended up more like his first Derby in 2007, when he hit just three homers out of AT&T Park in San Francisco to finish tied for sixth. Meanwhile Cespedes, who was added to the Derby only after Miguel Cabrera couldn’t take part, stole the show Monday night.

Fielder also followed his regular-season history at Citi Field from his days as a Milwaukee Brewer. He hit one home run in 10 career games here, batting .250 (9-for-36). The Tigers, fittingly, will return for a three-game series against the Mets in August.


don’t work on a thing prince – you’re lookin good at the plate!

I learned three things.
-We should have made an effort to sign Cespedes
-Fielder can pull the ball
-Fielder can out homer Inge

As I recall, the Tigers were all in on Cespedes until Victor was injured and they signed Prince instead. Do I remember correctly?
For the few minutes I watched the thing, either the ball was juiced or the distances were.

Maybe someone did have it right with a comment on this blog when they said Prince can’t swing around his hips. That might explain so many left field pop-ups. Okay, so how does his weight compare to past years? Should Miggy give Prince some tips on weight loss or has Prince’s head also swelled too much to accept advice?

Weren’t there a bunch of people on here asking me in spring training how much weight Fielder lost because he looked thinner?

They must have been looking through the wrong end of a telescope.

naw he’s thinner i swear he was at least! How’s delmon’s weight these days?

either how prince needs to produce better – we’ve talked about what he’s doing and maybe the pitches it’s happening on. The facts are Victor and Cabby are hitting – so he should be getting the pitches to hit. Is he a stud or dud? Time will tell but i’m all in on stud.
in other news i am defending my doctoral thesis at the U of Michigan wednesday at 11am. You like how i timed it at the back end of the ASB? 😉

Prince needs to drop his Joe Casual routine and start to play the game the way it is supposed to be played. This is not a beer league Sunday afternoon league.
We have several guys that could better serve their team by dialing up a little more intensity.

The distances were wrong for sure: 541? for Harper

261 hitter in the All Star game! Where would the Tigers be right now if it wasn’t for Cabrera. They really need to consider moving Martinez behind Cabrera.

I really like what you guys are usually up too. This kind of clever work and coverage!
Keep up the fantastic works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my blogroll.

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