07/09/07 11:29 PM ET
Fielder ousted in Derby's first round
Slugger unable to conquer new kingdom in San Francisco
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
In fact, it took Prince Fielder just two swings to clear the wall in Monday night's State Farm Home Run Derby. The left-handed swinger unloaded for a 455-foot blast that hit the roof of the concession stand in right-center at AT&T Park.
That majestic shot was the highlight of Fielder's three-homer first round, which was not enough to move on to the next round.
Fielder did splash McCovey Cove once, but it was on a foul ball.
All three of Fielder's homers were well struck. The second was a liner to right. And his final blast -- hit at a clip of 421 feet -- went to the deepest part of the park in center field.
Alex Rodriguez (30 home runs) is the only player in baseball with more long balls than Fielder, who leads the National League with 29 homers.
Is Fielder under the radar, as one reporter mentioned to him at a Monday morning press conference?
"That's fine. I just hope to keep staying under the radar and hitting more," said Fielder.
Fielder will start at first base for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game. This is the first All-Star appearance for the 23-year-old Fielder.
Fielder's bid to continue on in the Derby ended when his final out hit high off the wall in center field.
Angels right fielder Vladimir Guerrero captured the 2007 crown, as he outdueled Alex Rios of the Blue Jays, who faded in the final round.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.