July 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; American League first baseman Prince Fielder (28) of the Detroit Tigers watches the flight of a home run during the first round of the 2012 Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE

Prince Is King: Fielder Wins Second Career Home Run Derby

Prince Fielder outlasted Jose Bautista in the 2012 Home Run Derby to win his second career derby championship.

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2012 Home-Run Derby: Robinson Cano Gets Bronx Cheer In Kansas City

Cano, the AL captain, passed over the Royals' Billy Butler for his Home Run Derby team. He heard about this from Kansas City fans Monday night -- loud and clear.

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Home Run Derby 2012: Results, And What We Learned

Another Home Run Derby is in the books, and for the second time in his career, Prince Fielder has been crowned the champion. That is a royal play on words. You don't actually get a crown for winning the Home Run Derby, although you do get a bitchin trophy that you may or may not be allowed to keep.

Here's the final leaderboard:

What did we learn? I wouldn't say we learned anything, aside from the 2012 MLB Home Run Derby results, but Cano won a year ago, he was predicted by players to repeat, and instead of repeating as champion he got shut out completely. We gained further evidence that it's impossible to predict the Home Run Derby and trying to predict it is a waste of time anyway because honestly who cares? Honestly, who cares? Does anybody watch the Home Run Derby to see who wins? You watch out of desperation and you cling to the hope that you'll be given something, anything memorable, even if that's just the lasting image of a fly-ball-shagger getting bopped on the top of the head.

The memory from this one isn't going to be Prince Fielder or Jose Bautista hitting dingers. It's going to be the way Cano was treated by the Kansas City natives in attendance. Cano was in charge of filling out the rest of the American League team, and at first he said he'd like to pick a Royal. But he wound up with Fielder, Bautista, and Trumbo, claiming that Albert Pujols recommended Trumbo for a slot. Royals fans took offense, they booed Cano when he was introduced, and they cheered every time he made an out, which he did with all ten of his swings.

Cano wasn't wrong to pick the players he did, because they're all prolific home-run hitters. Kansas City fans weren't wrong for voicing their displeasure, because this was their own home field, they're allowed to be biased, and most importantly -- absolutely most importantly -- it was meant in fun. Kansas City fans don't hate Robinson Cano any more than they used to, and nobody would've been truly heartbroken that Billy Butler wasn't asked to participate. Butler didn't deserve to participate. Cano took it all in stride and as the fans were cheering his outs I couldn't stop smiling, but now we're wading through articles like this:

So it was foolish for Royals fans to let any negativity seep into Kauffman Stadium — even if it was directed at a member of the loathed Yankees. A more discerning group of fans would realize the marketing power that accompanies an All-Star Game. Presumably, the Royals will want to compete for top-tier free agents as the team moves closer to legitimate contention. Why risk leaving a bad impression with any of the would-be free agents in attendance?

Brandon McCarthy provides the voice of reason:

A surprising number of people on Twitter were referring to the fans' behavior as classless and uncalled for. Not just people-people, but authority-people, baseball-people. That caught me off guard, because I couldn't imagine how anyone could see that and hear that and not think it was hysterical. But I suspect that people will have short memories, and that the Cano reaction only stirred a response because it was the only thing that possibly could've stirred a response, and people always need to be responding. On a day when nothing's a big deal, something has to be a big deal, because people can't just relax. Just relax. It's the All-Star break.

More All-Star stuff tomorrow. I don't know how I'm ever going to get to fall asleep, because this is like Christmas Eve!

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Home Run Derby 2012: Prince Fielder Flings Dingers

Last year, Sandy Guerrero was the Home Run Derby pitcher for both Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks. They combined to hit 12 home runs over three rounds, with Fielder coming up short of the final. This year, Guerrero was the Derby pitcher for Prince Fielder again, and Fielder just slugged a dozen dingers in the final. I'm feeling a second wind now, a renewed interest in this event, because it's almost over, and all that's left is Jose Bautista probably not hitting a dozen dingers as well.

It could've been more daunting, though. Fielder finished with 12 homers and ten outs, but at one point he had eight homers and one out. Which means after that he had four homers and nine outs. Fielder really lost all of his momentum and so he's going to back into his victory. He's not going to charge into his victory, the way he charged into Gerald Laird the other day. When Prince Fielder backs into something, it probably feels like a normal-sized human charging into something.

It just dawned on me that I've watched pretty much this entire thing on mute. I know a lot of people mute the Home Run Derby for obvious reasons but for me it was unintentional. I just can't really concentrate on typing when the TV is making noise, and one thing led to another, and for three hours I haven't listened to Chris Berman nearly as much as I was afraid of. The Home Run Derby must score awesomely with deaf people. The Home Run Derby and Demi Lovato. What is that about?

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Home Run Derby 2012: Robinson Cano Embarrasses Self, Yankees

Matt Kemp hit one home run in turning in the worst round of the Derby. He was followed by Robinson Cano, the 2011 champion, and everybody's already forgotten whatever Kemp did, because Cano just turned in a round many of us won't forget for a while. The most memorable thing we've seen so far in the 2012 MLB Home Run Derby is Robinson Cano's first round, in which he hit zero home runs.

The best parts:

He hit zero home runs
He hit zero home runs! If there was a "big story" about the 2011 Derby, it was that Cano won while being pitched to by his father. He was pitched to by his father just a few minutes ago and he came up literally, completely empty. Cano last year hit eight, 12, and 12 home runs. Zero. Team captain! Mutiny!

The crowd
The Kansas City crowd has been all over Cano for selecting who he did and leaving out Royals DH Billy Butler. They booed Cano when he was introduced, and they cheered louder and louder with every successive out. The biggest ovation probably came when Cano hit a line drive off the top of the fence. That performance by the crowd spurred the most wrong tweet I've seen so far today:

This was fantastic. It was something unpredictable, and therefore something surprising and memorable. Nobody's going to think Kansas City is full of assholes because they laughed at Robinson Cano. They're going to think Kansas City is hilarious.

The one kid
Finally.

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I'm falling way behind and this round deserves more coverage than I've given it but I need to keep up. This is the Home Run Derby, this is serious, and here is the serious leaderboard:

Jose Bautista, 11
Carlos Beltran, 7
Mark Trumbo, 7
Prince Fielder, 5

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Carlos Gonzalez, 4
Andrew McCutchen, 4
Matt Kemp, 1
Robinson Cano, lol

On to the second round, which I guess gets added to the first round? But then the third round is out on its own? This nonsense is really damaging the integrity of the on-field product.

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Home Run Derby 2012 FAQ

I should just leave this post completely empty because there are no frequently asked questions about the Home Run Derby. "This crayon doesn't taste like yellow" might be frequently uttered by Home Run Derby enthusiasts, but it doesn't count as a question. I already wrote the headline and these sentences though, so I'm committed to this update, so let's come up with some questions I can easily answer myself without doing any research.

Are there any Royals representing the American League?
lol

Do Royals fans think there should be?
I understand AL team captain Robinson Cano has been catching some grief from the attended for not selecting Billy Butler instead of, I don't know, I guess Prince Fielder? You can't leave out Mark Trumbo because his home runs are gargantuan. You can't leave out Jose Bautista because he's like the greatest hitter on the planet. You can't leave out Robinson Cano because Cano won last year and the team captain can't leave himself out. So I don't know who Royals fans think Butler should've replaced but if Royals fans thought rationally they wouldn't be Royals fans.

Who do players think is going to win?

Why?

But that doesn't make sense
FAQ

With the sleep deprivation and the pressure and the heat-
Ask a question

Do you think Robinson Cano is going to win again?
I haven't thought about anybody winning and have spent the majority of the day daydreaming about when I'm done writing the final post in this stream.

Does the Home Run Derby ruin your swing for the rest of the season?
No.

Don't some players believe that it does?
Some players wear ion necklaces and believe that they work.

Don't the players' home-run totals usually decline after the Derby?
The players are selected in large part because they have hit a lot of home runs in the first half of the season. Regression is natural and expected and they would presumably regress by a similar or identical amount even without participating. Think about the years upon years of muscle memory that go into a player's regular swing. If that could all be screwed up by a couple of short sessions of batting practice then good players would become terrible all of the time. Pitchers take forever to adjust their mechanics, and they're trying to change!

Is Chris Berman?
Unfortunately.

How long will Chris Berman?
A year less from now than from a year ago.

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Mark Trumbo, Stupid Power, And The Home Run Derby

The 2012 Home Run Derby will not include Giancarlo Stanton, which is too bad. It will include Mark Trumbo, which is too good.

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Home Run Derby 2012: Andrew McCutchen Breaks Up The Monotony

Mike Stanton is the kind of player you'd expect in the 2012 Home Run Derby. Andrew McCutchen is not, which makes him the perfect replacement.

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