Monday night the Prince was the King—King of the 2012 MLB All-Star Home Run Derby.
Fielder must certainly enjoy the Missouri jet stream, flexing his muscles once again against the Show Me State's Midwest skies. Fielder hit 28 home runs to win this year's Home Run Derby during MLB's Midsummer Classic break.
The Blue Jay's Jose Bautista finished second with seven in the final round and 20 overall.
Fielder only managed five home runs in the night's first round but went deep early and often in his outs count in Round 2 and smashed 11 bombs, many which landed in the famous center field fountains of Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium.
In 2009, approximately 250 miles east, Fielder smashed 23 homers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis home of the National League's Cardinals.
Fielder squeaked through the first round of long-ball swinging, hitting the lowest total of the four highest hitters to advance. However, four of his five were the longest of any hit in the round by all 12 Home Run Derby participants.
Also advancing to the second round with Fielder was the Cardinal's Carlos Beltran and Los Angeles Angel's Mark Trumbo who each hit seven in the first round and the Toronto Blue Jay's Jose Bautista who led the opening round with 11.
At the end of the second round, Fielder's 16 total home runs was atop of the leader board while Trumbo and Bautista had to face elimination with a swing-off for the other finals spot after tying with a total of 13 dingers in regulation. Bautista advanced by hitting two homers in three swings to advance against Fielder in the finals. Trumbo managed only one in his five swings.
At the end of his second round of hitting, Fielder had the seven longest home runs hit in the derby.
Fielder's 12 shots in the final round measured 441, 431, 427, 430, 422, 438, 404, 416, 428, 406, 442 and 397 which tied Robinson Cano's final round record en route to a total of 28 on the night.
Fielder also had a questionable 13th home run in the middle of his last round shots that ranged 408 feet but was apparently touched by a fan and ruled an out instead of a home run. ESPN broadcasters argued for review to no avail, and Fielder had to settle for a dozen instead.
For the night, it was rain-maker after rain-maker as Fielder sent enough rainbow shots into the outfield seating area and Kauffman Stadium fountains to become the first player to win the All-Star game's Home Run Derby in both the American and National League.
He is also the only player to win the home run derby twice, the other was Ken Griffey Jr. who won in 1998 and 1999. His bombs averaged 432 feet with the longest reaching 476.
Bleacher Report Featured Columnist J. Cook is a member of B/R's MLB Coverage Team and contributes to B/R's MLB content and Detroit Tigers page. He also covers key sport interest stories for all of Detroit's major sports teams.
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