Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder won the 2012 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby last night, defeating Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista in the final round to capture his second title.
The Derby featured eight players, four National League All-Stars and four from the American League. Fielder and Bautista were joined on the AL squad by Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. The NL team was made up St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp.
Beltran was the only NL player to make it out of the first round. AL captain Robinson Cano, who was booed by the home Kansas City crowd because he didn’t include Royals slugger Billy Butler on his team, put up a goose egg in the first round.
After sneaking into the second round with five home runs, Fielder put up double digits in the second (11) and final (12) rounds to take home the crown.
Fielder becomes only the second player to hold multiple Home Run Derby titles; Ken Griffey Jr. won three over his illustrious career.
Is Fielder the best home run hitter in the majors?