07/15/09 12:07 AM ET
Fielder carries Derby win into ASG
Prince of Monday not king of Classic, but makes splash
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
"To do that in the All-Star Game, I really enjoyed it. It was fun," Fielder told FOX after the AL defeated the National League, 4-3, on Tuesday night, extending its All-Star Game streak to unbeaten streak to 13, dating back to 1996.Fielder went from Derby winner to pinch-hitter and immediately left the game. It was pretty typical. Since '96, when an individual winner in the Derby was declared for the first time, the Big Bopper on Monday has only once been named the Most Valuable Player of the game on Tuesday. That honor goes to Garrett Anderson, then of the Angels, who defeated Cardinals great Albert Pujols in the Derby and then was named MVP of the AL's come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the NL at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field. Back in 1991 at what was then called Toronto's Skydome, Cal Ripken Jr. led all Derby participants with 12 homers, but back in those days, the winner was declared by league and the AL bested the NL sluggers, 20-7. The next night, Ripken was named MVP of the AL's 4-2 victory. Long before he broke Lou Gehrig's Iron Man record of 2,130 consecutive games played, the Orioles' Hall of Fame shortstop was 2-for-3 in the game with a homer, a run scored and three RBIs -- the most by someone who paced the same summer's Derby. Justin Morneau of the Twins won the Derby last year at the old Yankee Stadium, while J.D. Drew of the Red Sox was the MVP of the AL's 4-3, 15-inning win over the NL. Two years ago at AT&T Park in San Francisco, the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero won the Derby and Ichiro Suzuki was named MVP of another AL victory. Morneau, who came off the bench last year, went 2-for-4 with two runs scored a day after he bested the Rangers' Josh Hamilton in the final round of the Derby. Morneau's pair of runs in the All-Star Game are the most scored by any player who won a Derby the previous evening. Morneau won the Derby finals, 5-3, but was out-homered overall by Hamilton, 35-22, on a night when the Rangers' slugger put on an impressive show by splaying long-distant shots all over the now-closed yard. The most hits among Derby winners? Anderson did it. He had three in that 2003 game in four at-bats, including two RBIs, a run scored and a home run. The night before, Anderson had bested Pujols in the Derby finals, 9-8. The collective All-Star Game stats of Derby winners from 1985 to present are as follows: 19-for-57 (.333) with three homers, eight runs scored and 12 RBIs in 25 games. Fielder and the AL will take it.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.