HR Derby Crowns It’s Prince, Cano Plays Court Jester

By on July 10, 2012 in

Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder blasted a number of shots into the right-field fountain at Kaffman Stadium in Kansas City, beating out Toronto’s Jose Bautista 12-7 in the finals of Monday night’s Home Run Derby┬áto join Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win multiple Derby titles. Fielder last took the crown in 2009, belting 23 homers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

It was evident that the Royals fans in attendance were also entertained by Yankees’ Robinson Cano, repeatedly booing the defending champ as he failed to hit even one homer during his time at the plate. The crowd was serenading Royals DH Billy Butler in between each missed opportunity by Cano, reminding him that he should have considered picking the hometown favorite for his team. It was the 17th time a player went homerless in the Derby, the first since Detroit’s Brandon Inge in 2009.

“It was a tough decision. Adam Dunn has 25 home runs, Adam Jones has 20, Edwin Encarnacion has 23. The thing is, you get to pick three guys and it’s a tough decision,” said Cano. “But I expected that reaction. I was criticized even before I got here. When you play for the Yankees, everywhere you go you get booed.” Check back for additional MLB updates.


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