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Fielder Gives Us Reason to Watch Derby



    Fielder Gives Us Reason to Watch Derby
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    Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers hits a solo home run in the first inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 26, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

    There are a million reasons why you would never want to subject yourself to watching the MLB all-star home run derby and listen to Chris Berman try to come up with new ways to say "back back back back back back back back back, GONE!"

    It's pretty much nauseating.

    But every once in a while, there's a reason to watch, and it's usually a local tie. There, of course, was the show Josh Hamilton put on in the old Yankee Stadium, and back in 2009, Nelson Cruz was in the derby and actually lost to Prince Fielder.

    Now, Fielder is back, as it was confirmed Wednesday he'd participate in the contest, which has been given a new format that should make it a little more TV friendly and not a four-hour marathon.

    Fielder is a two-time Derby champ and will be the No. 7 seed, pitted against No. 2 seed Todd Frazier of the hometown Reds. Fielder won the event in 2009 and 2012 as a member of the Brewers and Tigers, respectively.

    He has 13 home runs on the year, which is actually second on the team to Mitch Moreland, and leads the team with 51 RBIs as well as being just points behind Miguel Cabrera for the AL batting lead.

    As a bonus, the Reds' ballpark has long been a favorite of Fielder, as he has more home runs there than any other visiting ballpark over the course of his career.