Big splash: Fielder wins home run derby

Detroit slugger Prince Fielder takes a swing in the Home Run Derby. Fielder belted 12 homers to beat Toronto's Jose Bautista (seven HRs) in the final Monday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Detroit slugger Prince Fielder takes a swing in the Home Run Derby. Fielder belted 12 homers to beat Toronto's Jose Bautista (seven HRs) in the final Monday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (CHARLIE RIEDEL / Associated Press)
Posted: July 11, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Detroit's Prince Fielder became only the second player to win multiple titles in the all-star Home Run Derby, thrilling the crowd at Kauffman Stadium with eight splash shots into the right-field fountain and beating Toronto's Jose Bautista, 12-7, in the final on Monday night.

On a night when the Yankees' Robinson Cano was repeatedly booed and went homerless, Fielder put on the most powerful display among baseball's big boppers. Winner at St. Louis' Busch Stadium three years ago, Fielder hit a total of 28 home runs over three rounds to cap the main event on the eve of the All-Star Game, hitting the long drive of the night at 476 feet into the water.

Ken Griffey Jr. won three titles - in 1994, 1998, and 1999.

While the ball stayed out of McCovey Cove during the 2007 Derby at San Francisco's AT&T Park and the right-field swimming pool last year at Chase Field in Phoenix, there was plenty of aquatic activity in Kansas City, second only to Rome for most fountains in cities around the world.

After three splash shots among his five homers in the first round, Fielder started off the second round as the setting sun lit up clouds in a pretty pink behind the left-field wall. His mop of dreadlocks visible as he hit without a helmet, Fielder deposited four more balls into the 322-foot-wide water spectacular, which by then was illuminated in the twilight.

He added another water drive in the final round, then watched Bautista swing.

When he won three years ago in St. Louis, Fielder's 23 homers included a 503-foot drive that disappeared between two sections of bleachers in right-center.

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