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Home Run Derby Aftermath

Prince Fielder hitting while winning the 2009 Home Run Derby.

Prince Fielder hitting while winning the 2009 Home Run Derby at Busch Stadium in St. Louis last month.

It is always interesting to see how the Home Run Derby contestants do after they return to play regular season games. Baseball fans can’t help but wonder if swinging for the fence in the derby affects players the rest of the season.

Prince Fielder: The Home Run Derby champion has hit four homers in 73 at bats since the home run derby. He has hit a HR every 18.2 at bats since the derby.

Nelson Cruz: The derby runner up was Cruz who has hit three homers in 45 at bats and has hit a HR every 15 at bats since the derby.

Ryan Howard: Howard has hit four homers in 62 at bats since the derby. He has averaged a HR every 15.5 at bats after the derby.

Albert Pujols: Pujols hit two homers in his first game after the derby on July 17. He has not homered since then and those two homers in 62 at bats give him a HR every 31 at bats.

Carlos Pena: Pena has hit two homers in 59 at bats since the derby for a HR every 29.5 at bats.

Joe Mauer: Mauer has hit three homers in 63 at bats for a HR every 21 at bats since the derby.

Adrian Gonzalez: Gonzalez hit only two homers in the derby and has hit four homers in 56 at bats after the derby. That is a average of a HR every 14 at bats since the derby.

Brandon Inge: Inge who hit no homers in the derby should be the least affected by it and has not homered in 54 at bats since the derby.

The eight participants have batted 474 times since the derby and have hit a total of 22 homers since the derby. That averages out to a HR every 21.5 at bats.

The three players who have been most adversely affected by the derby apparently are Albert Pujols, Carlos Pena and Brandon Inge. They have hit a total of four homers since the derby in 175 at bats for a HR every 43.7 at bats.

The home run derby champion Prince Fielder, runnerup Nelson Cruz and third place Ryan Howard have not shown much affect from the derby while fourth place Albert Pujols has not done well despite having red hot Matt Holliday batting behind him.

The home run derby didn’t have that much affect on any players besides Pujols and Pena. Inge can’t really be counted since he didn’t even hit a home run in the derby and didn’t hit long enough to be affected by the derby.

Bobby Abreu had one of the worst dropoffs after winning a home run derby:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/allstar06/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=2514576

Albert Pujols may be wishing he hadn’t been in the 2009 Home Run Derby if he doesn’t get untracked soon. Mark Reynolds has hit seven homers in his last eight games and has 32 homers which is only two behind Pujols.

Instead of winning the Triple Crown Pujols may wind up not winning any part of the Triple Crown and I suspect the Home Run Derby had something to do with it.

Pujols is two homers ahead of Reynolds, has relinquished his RBI lead to Prince Fielder who has 93 to the 92 of  Pujols. His batting average fell from .332 before the home run derby to .314 as of today.

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2 thoughts on “Home Run Derby Aftermath

  1. Interesting facts that you point to. Maybe the home run derby should be scrapped, or is not scrapped maybe the players should refuse to participate. As nice as the all-star game is, it is still the regular season that counts.

  2. If the Cardinals don’t win the NL Central and Pujols continues in his home run slump they can’t help but wonder what part the Home Run Derby played in his slump.

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