2012 Home Run Derby Winner: Prince Fielder Will Repeat as All-Star Game MVP
Fielder very much enjoys the MLB All-Star festivities, as he often comes home with more than just a well-rested body.
In 2009, Fielder won his first Home Run Derby at Busch Stadium. Last season, Fielder was the All-Star Game MVP as a member of the National League team.
Given his strong showing on Monday night, and given his previous success in the Midsummer Classic, there's a very strong chance that Fielder will repeat as the All-Star Game MVP this season.
A three-run home run was all it took for Fielder to be given the award last season. His home run-hitting prowess is well-documented at this point, and it's clear that he has no problems hitting the ball out of Kauffman Stadium.
The American League has an extremely potent lineup. With Fielder hitting fifth behind Jose Bautista and in front of Adrian Beltre, there will be plenty of protection and good pitches to hit.
The National League will be starting Matt Cain for the game, a pitcher that Fielder has just 18 at-bats against. His line of .278/.364/.389 against him is nice, but he has no home runs and three RBI scattered among five hits.
As starting pitchers in the All-Star game generally go two innings, Fielder will get at least one at-bat against Cain. After Cain, NL manager Tony La Russa alluded to the fact that R.A. Dickey could be the next one on the mound, per the New York Daily News.
Who does Fielder have a better chance of hitting a homer off of?
Fielder actually hasn't had much success against Dickey in 10 at-bats. With a .200 average and just one RBI, Fielder has yet to figure out the knuckleball.
A matchup of Fielder versus Dickey would be exciting to watch. There's no doubt that Fielder will take some heroic swings against the soft-tossing knuckleballer, and if he connects, we may not be able to find the baseball when it lands.
Fielder's experience and calm demeanor under pressure will give him the leg up on Tuesday night. He's had success during the All-Star festivities during his seven-year career, and he may be looking to add another trophy to his collection in the very near future.
While Kansas City fans may not like when Fielder performs well at Kauffman Stadium during the season, they will be rooting for him in this one. Remember: It counts.
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