Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder slugged his way to the All-Star Home Run Derby crown on Monday night (July 9), beating out Toronto’s Jose Bautista.
The 28-year-old All-Star knocked eight homers out the park at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium Monday, helping him join Ken Griffey Jr., as the only players to win multiple Home Run Derby titles.
Fielder thrilled the crowd, hitting several shots into the right-field fountain and beating Bautista 12-7 in the final.
“Just being mentioned with him is real special,” said Fielder, who spent time at Griffey home as a child. “My dad (former MLB pro, Cecil Fielder) would let me go over and play video games all day. He always took care of me when I was a kid.”
Fielder had a total of 28 home runs over three rounds, capping the main event on the eve of the All-Star Game. He hit the four longest drives of the night, including a pair at 476 feet.
He previously won the title three years ago, at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium, hitting 23 homers, including a 503-foot drive that disappeared between two sections of bleachers in right-center. Griffey won titles in 1994 at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, 1998 at Denver’s Coors Field, and 1999 at Boston’s Fenway Park.