Prince Fielder joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win multiple MLB home run titles on Monday after he hit eight home runs in front of a thrilled Kauffman Stadium crowd. Fielder pulled away with the title to defeat Jose Bautista with a final score of 12-7.
When speaking about Griffey Jr’s record Fielder talked about his younger days when he would spend time with his dad at Griffey’s house:
“Just being mentioned with him is real special. 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 last won the All-Star game home run derby three years ago at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium.
Over three rounds fielder managed to scare 28 home runs with one hit traveling 476 feet.
Following his loss Bautista said of the home run derby:
“I’m a little disappointed. I’m capable of doing more. I had a lot of fun doing it.”
Bautista made it to the final round after a swingoff match against Mark Trumbo after the two men tied in the semifinals with 13 home runs a piece.
This years performance for Prince Fielder beat out his St. Louis run in which he hit 23 home runs.
Griffey won his home-run titles in 1994 at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, in 1998 at Denver’s Coors Field and one final time in 1999 at Boston’s Fenway Park.
Are you surprised by Prince Fielder’s win or was it a long time coming since his last home run derby?