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Fielder rounds out NL HR-Derby field

Posted on: July 5, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 12:09 pm
 
By Evan Brunell

FielderDavid Ortiz now knows what he's up against.

The AL Home-Run Derby captain has teammate Adrian Gonzalez, the Blue Jays's Jose Bautista and Robinson Cano from the Yankees on his team, and now NL captain Prince Fielder has selected his own squad.

Fielder will be joined by teammate Rickie Weeks, Matt Kemp from the Dodgers and the Cardinals' Matt Holliday as they attempt to take down the AL, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Fielder has 21 bombs on the year, just one behind the co-leaders in Kemp and the Cardinals' Lance Berkman. That gives the NL a great shot at beating the AL, because only Bautista ranks in the top five for home run leaders in the AL with 27. Fielder and Kemp combined give the NL 43 from the top five lists. Rickie Weeks himself is no slouch, having banged 15 home runs. With 20 doubles too, plenty more could fly out now that he'll be swinging for the fences. Holliday is more known for his batting average, checking in at .316 with 10 home runs and 17 doubles?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:44 am
 

Fielder rounds out NL HR-Derby field

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Fielder rounds out NL HR-Derby field

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Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2011 10:01 am
 

Fielder rounds out NL HR-Derby field

I feel bad for Prince and any other kids who have a lowlife fat gambling father....Jess Sayin'



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 8:50 am
 

Fielder rounds out NL HR-Derby field

The Home Run Derby is so contrived, so meaningless, and so disruptive to a batter's swing that I don't blame Berkman one bit for declining the invitation. I think that Home Run Derby should be an offseason elective for players to keep MLB Network cooking all season. We all have seen the players with big seasons before the All Star break participate, only to have their power numbers dwindle down to ordinary or worse. So if we have HR Derby at the break, why not "fastest runner?" How about an outfielder throwing contest, to hit a target at home plate?



Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2011 8:46 am
 

Fielder rounds out NL HR-Derby field

The NL vs. The AL East?



Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2011 8:32 am
 

Fielder rounds out NL HR-Derby field

Upton or Stanton? Give me a break.  And to say that Holiday and Weeks are third on their own teams isn't much of an insult when the four hitters their behind are Pujols, Berkman, Fielder and Braun.  Holiday's HRcount is low because he's missed a lot of games this year due to injury.

My HR Derby squad would be different than Fielder's but my response is to combat your comments.



Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Fielder rounds out NL HR-Derby field

On the espn telecast tonight, they said Fielder offered a spot to Berkman and Berkman declined, saying Holliday would be a better represenative.  Considering the shows Holliday puts on in batting practice its a good choice.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 9:01 pm
 

Fielder rounds out NL HR-Derby field

The problem is a lot of hitters do not like the Home Run Derby. Some think it messes up their hitting for weeks after. Others think it wears them out. And some just want the extra time off. To be blunt, it's not all that popular among players, and unless they force players to participate it will regularly have sub-par participants. I imagine that is much more of an issue this year since Phoenix in July is not the best climate.


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