Prince Fielder was the last American League player added to the 2012 Home Run Derby, but was also the last one standing in the end.
In doing so, he’s the second player to win the contest twice (Ken Griffey Jr.) and the first to win in both leagues after winning in 2009 while with the Milwaukee Brewers.
He got on a roll in the final round, blasting eight homers with just one out and finishing with a 12-homer round and beating out Jose Bautista. Fielder hit a total of 39 homers inside Kauffman Stadium and landed a few in the fountains. His longest homer was estimated at 476 feet, one of the longest shots in the stadium’s history.
Mark Trumbo also stood out with massive power all night, including a shot that landed on the Royals Hall of Fame. Trumbo nearly made it to the finals, but after tying Bautista, lost a “swing off”.
Robinson Cano, who was met with a chorus of boos from the Kansas City crowd after snubbing Billy Butler (after saying he’d choose a Royal for the squad) finished with zero home runs in the first round after winning last year’s derby.
Carlos Beltran was the only National Leaguer to survive the first round. The former Royal still hit 12 homers in the second round, but Trumbo, Bautista and Fielder all surpassed his count.
In the end, both sides ended up accumulating a good chunk of change to charity. Homers hit with the “golden ball” contributed $18,000 to charity and State Farm donated $3,000 for each non-gold homer. It added up to $615,000.