2009 Home Run Derby Tracker
SI.com's Cory McCartney charts and analyzes all of the action at Busch Stadium.
 
Championship: Most Homers From This Round Wins
PlayerChampionship Round HRLongest HR
Prince Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers, 1B
2009: 22 HRs
Career: 136 HRs
 6 461
Nelson Cruz
Texas Rangers, RF
2009: 22 HRs
Career: 44 HRs
 5 438
McCartney's Take:  The Prince is crowned. A regal performance. Insert your pun of choice because The Home Run Derby belongs to Prince Fielder, who added a little more drama than expected before putting Nelson Cruz away with a 423-foot blast. No offense to Cruz but could this have ended any other way than with star of the night, with 11 home runs of over 450 feet, as the last man standing? Cruz may not have won, but for a guy the casual fan had never heard of before Monday tonight, he at least increased his Q rating in making the final. For what it's worth, Fielder is the first guy from the NL Central to win the Derby since the Cubs' Sammy Sosa, another guy who was known for putting on a show in this event, claimed the crown in 2000.
 
Round 2: Two Highest Totals Advance
PlayerRound 2 HRTotal HRLongest HR
Prince Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers, 1B
2009: 22 HRs
Career: 136 HRs
 6 17 503
Nelson Cruz
Texas Rangers, RF
2009: 22 HRs
Career: 44 HRs
 5 16 458
Ryan Howard
Philadelphia Phillies, 1B
2009: 22 HRs
Career: 199 HRs
 8 15 445
Albert Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals, 1B
2009: 32 HRs
Career: 351 HRs
 6 11 449
McCartney's Take:  So it's Nelson Cruz and Prince Fielder for the crown, or more specifically, the crossed-bat trophy. That two-hour layoff (seriously, two hours) didn't faze either Cruz (five more home runs) or Fielder, who added six more, including the longest shot so far at 503 feet. Through two rounds, four of the five longest HRs belong to the Brewer. Cruz looks smooth, but the way Fielder is muscling balls out, even off balance, he's going to be hard to beat. Ryan Howard made a nice run with a round-high eight homers, but that slow (or calculated) start killed him. As for Albert Pujols, you have to wonder: did he tire out? Between taking cuts in the exhibition before the exhibition, batting practice before his actual first round, the round itself, the swing-off and the second round, it's amazing he could even lift a bat when he was done.
 
Round 1: Top Four Advance
PlayerTotal HRLongest HR
Nelson Cruz
Texas Rangers, RF
2009: 22 HRs
Career: 44 HRs
 11 471
Prince Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers, 1B
2009: 22 HRs
Career: 136 HRs
 11 497
Ryan Howard
Philadelphia Phillies, 1B
2009: 22 HRs
Career: 199 HRs
 7 434
Joe Mauer
Minnesota Twins, C
2009: 15 HRs
Career: 59 HRs
 5* 458
Carlos Pena
Tampa Bay Rays, 1B
2009: 24 HRs
Career: 187 HRs
 5* 454
Albert Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals, 1B
2009: 32 HRs
Career: 351 HRs
 5* 416
Adrian Gonzalez
San Diego Padres, 1B
2009: 24 HRs
Career: 121 HRs
 2 416
Brandon Inge
Detroit Tigers, 3B
2009: 21 HRs
Career: 117 HRs
 0 --
* Pujols beat Mauer and Pena in a swing-off tiebreaker (2-1-0) to advance.
McCartney's Take:  Could St. Louis, or Albert Pujols' overly excited son, have handled the Cardinals' star not making the second round? Pujols hit two homers to beat out Carlos Pena (one HR) and Joe Mauer (zero homers) in a five-swing playoff to advance. Pujols may have added drama, but the round didn't belong to him or Gateway City native Ryan Howard. Instead, it was Nelson Cruz and Prince Fielder that stole the show with 11 homers apiece. Cruz didn't put on the epic performance like Rangers teammate Josh Hamilton did last year in the Bronx, but he was locked-in, hitting just one foul ball en route to advancing. Fielder had the round's biggest blast, coming in at 497 feet, and what made his run so impressive is that it often didn't look like he really got a hold of the ball. But can a guy who swings so hard keep it up? The guy to keep an eye on is 2006 champion Howard, who, if it's possible, seemed to be pacing himself. As an aside, the Tigers' Brandon Inge became the first player since Jayson Bay in '05 to go homerless. But hey, he's got being an All-Star going for him, which is nice.
 

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