Concern Over Prince Fielder Competing in the Home Run Derby?

Kyle HulsebusContributor IIJuly 9, 2009

Am I the only one who’s a bit concerned about Prince Fielder participating in the home run derby? After all, we’ve heard for years that it messes up your swing, and it’s difficult —if at all possible—to get back to your previous form? We witnessed this first-hand in 2005 when Carlos Lee competed and then struggled the rest of the year.


The last thing the Brewers need is for Prince to come back in during the second half and always be trying to knock the stuffing out of the ball. He’s on a pace right now to hit about 45 homers for the season, only six off his career year the last time he went to the All-Star Game.


Personally, I care more about his RBI totals, because he’s had guys getting on in front of him all year with the new more patient approach Macha and Sveum are implementing.


Some quick notes on last night’s game: why did Molina pick up that roller Braun hit? Conventional baseball wisdom says either let it roll foul or he gets a hit out of it, which is the same thing that happens when you pick it up. That play ended up being one of the ones that could have changed the game.


Also, I want to get your thoughts on giving Braun, who went 2-for-4 last night, a free pass to face Prince with the righty they had in, Kyle McClellan. Statistically, Fielder is a better hitter against lefties (.326 compared to .300 vs righties), and hits homers with more consistency against lefties (one every 10.5 AB) than against righties (one every 15.6 AB).


One final note: if you’re at the stadium, stand up! It’s one of my biggest pet peeves to be watching the game with two outs in the eighth or ninth innings and see everyone sitting down.


I’m the type of guy who yells about pretty much everything, even when watching at home, so I just don’t get this. Did you pay to go to a baseball game or a library? Especially given the plethora of Cardinal fans in the stands, we need to be making more noise in OUR stadium.


I’m going to head out to excitedly watch Manny Parra’s return. Hopefully he’s fixed the issues between his ears. Otherwise it’ll be another long game. See you later, sports fans.