Tag:Prince Fielder
Posted on: July 17, 2011 9:12 pm
  •  
 

Big leaguers' kids excelling in other sports

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Torii HunterI don't know what's more interesting, that Torii Hunter has a son that goes by the nickname "Money" or that his three sons are being recruited by some of the nation's top football programs.

TexAgs.com has this interview with the three Hunter boys -- Torii Jr., Darius and Money at Texas A&M's passing camp. All three say they've heard from Texas A&M and other schools, with Torii Jr. favoring Arkansas, Darius Oregon and Money hoping to play at Texas A&M. Both Torii Jr. and Money say they still play baseball, while Darius has given up baseball to focus on football and track. All three are entering their junior year at Prosper High School in Prosper, Texas, and play receiver. Torii Jr. also plays cornerback and Money plays strong safety. None of the three wear their dad's No. 48, but do wear numbers ending in 8 -- 8, 18 and 88, respectively.

The Hunter brothers would join some more notable sons of big leaguers who are playing other sports. Ken Griffey Jr.'s son, Trey, has been offered a football scholarship at Michigan State and is drawing interest from other schools such as Cincinnati, South Florida and Washington State. He's a wide receiver at Dr. Phillips High School in Florida. His sister, Taryn, led her high school team to a state tittle as a freshman, scoring 19 points in the championship game.

Shane Larkin, son of Griffey's teammate Barry Larkin, will be playing basketball for DePaul this season.

Jeff Petry, son of former big league pitcher Dan Petry, is currently in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers.

There are plenty of sons of baseball players in the majors and minors, as well, including Prince Fielder, Delino Deshields Jr. and John Mayberry Jr.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:55 am
Edited on: July 13, 2011 3:53 am
 

Reds' Phillips revels in Fielder's homer

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brandon PhillipsPHOENIX -- For once, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was happy to see Prince Fielder hit a home run. This time the homer by the Brewers' slugger led to a Phillips victory.

"I can say thank you Prince -- because you just gave homefield advantage to the Reds in the World Series, thank you Prince," Phillips said."I'm going to give him a big kiss on the cheek."

The Brewers just took three of four from the Reds before the break and lead Cincinnati by four games in the National League Central.

Later when Phillips was ask on Twitter about the Brewers' trade for Mets reliever Francisco Rodriguez, Phillips stood his ground, "Great move by them, but that don't mean nothing! We will find a way," he tweeted.

For complete All-Star Game coverage, keep up with Eye on Baseball in Phoenix

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.



Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:33 am
Edited on: July 13, 2011 2:03 am
 

With one swing, Fielder won fans over



By Matt Snyder


PHOENIX - After connecting on a three-run home run that would prove to be all the NL needed to win its second consecutive All-Star Game, boos turned to cheers for Prince Fielder of the Brewers. He then took home the MVP honors for the game and was again cheered by the Arizona fans, a departure from how things were for quite a while.

Prince Fielder was a vile name in Arizona for the better part of a week. When it was revealed Fielder chose his teammate, Rickie Weeks, over the Diamondbacks' Justin Upton for the Home Run Derby, the backlash was almost palpable. Throughout Monday night, boos rained down on Fielder -- and Weeks ... and Matt Kemp -- from the disgrunted Arizona fan base. It continued into Tuesday night for the All-Star Game. Inexplicably, the fans booed nearly every player in introductions that wasn't a Diamondback (a few, such as Josh Hamilton and Michael Young were also cheered), but the most venom was reserved for Fielder.

All-Star Game
"I didn't take it personally," Fielder said after the game. "They support Justin. I would have booed myself, too, if I was an Arizona fan."

Fielder did note he wasn't the one affected by the treatment.

"They probably took it harder than I did," Fielder said of his two kids, who were flanking him during the press conference.

Everything changed with one crack of the bat. In the bottom of the fourth inning with two men on base and the National League trailing 1-0, Fielder dug in against Rangers' starter C.J. Wilson. Fielder then drove a 2-2 cutter deep into center field, just left of the high center-field wall. The ball bounced off top of the wall and over the fence to give the NL a 3-1 lead.

And the Arizona crowd exploded in celebration. All of a sudden, Fielder was a hero.

"It was nice to hear the cheers for him," NL manager Bruce Bochy said after the game. "He won MVP, as he should."

"I liked it," said young Jaden Fielder when asked for thoughts on Daddy's big hit.

The final result was a 5-1 National League victory, despite the team getting itself into slight trouble in the ninth inning. The win secures home-field advantage in the World Series for the National League, and the Brewers have the team goal of reaching the Fall Classic. They are also considerably better at home than on the road. When asked if this factored in, Fielder said he hadn't thought about it much but he might as the season progresses. Tuesday night was all about the present.

"Everything's awesome right now," Fielder said. "We won the game, I won the MVP."

Oh, and if Fielder had it all to do over, would he have picked Upton over Weeks for the Derby?

"Absolutely not," he said with a huge smile.

It doesn't matter anymore. After all, he was the game's MVP. The boos had turned to cheers. Meanwhile, Fielder's due a huge payday in the offseason and his Brewers sit tied for first in the NL Central.

Everything is awesome right now for Prince Fielder.

For complete All-Star Game coverage, keep up with Eye on Baseball in Phoenix

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: July 12, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Justin Upton on hometown fans booing and more



By Evan Brunell

At the All-Star FanFest helping Pepsi Max get the word out about a promotion that could bring baseball legends to your hometown to play a game, Justin Upton spoke to CBSSports.com about the Home Run Derby, as well as Arizona's surprising contention.

Upton was glowing in his review of the fans as he's been able to connect with the fans in a way that caused them to shower him with their love and support throughout the All-Star festitivites. However, that showed up in a negative fashion Monday night during the Home-Run Derby when NL Derby captain Prince Fielder was showered with boos for selecting teammate Rickie Weeks to participate in the Derby ahead of Upton. Upton called Weeks treatment "unfair," as he had to contend with "Just-in Up-ton" chants en route to mustering just three home runs and being knocked out in the first round.

As for 'Zona staying in the postseason chase, Upton attributes that to simply playing hard for all 27 outs. To continue staying in the thick of the race, though, Upton says that the team needs more pitching -- but what team doesn't?

He also spoke about the possibility of Rays center fielder B.J. Upton joining the Diamondbacks in a trade, saying he'd welcome the opportunity to play with his brother.

For complete All-Star Game coverage, keep up with Eye on Baseball in Phoenix

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:34 am
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:32 pm
 

D-Backs fans boo Brewers during Derby



By C. Trent Rosecrans

Prince FielderPHOENIX -- Prince Fielder's son was ready to throw down -- he wanted a fight.

"I had to tell them to calm down, it was nothing personal" Fielder joked afterwards. The boos didn't get to him -- but they did get to his son. And his teammate, Rickie Weeks.

As soon as Weeks was introduced, the boos started for the Brewer who was picked by Fielder to represent the National League. Instead, the crowd at Arizona's Chase Field made it perfectly clear who they had hoped to see in Monday's Home Run Derby.

"We want Upton," half the crowd chanted.

The other half of the crowd chanted, "Jus-tin, Up-ton," making it perfectly clear the hometown fans wanted to see their All-Star representative, Justin Upton, in the Home Run Derby.

Weeks responded with just two home runs and was eliminated after the first round. But he noted he knew why the fans booed him, but couldn't understand them actually doing it.

"I could care less, but of course you don't want anyone booing you at the All-Star Game," Weeks said. 

Upton, for the record, supported Weeks, tweeting during the derby:

Justin Upton 

The crowd reserved the loudest boos for Fielder, who was the team captain and selected Weeks, along with the Cardinals' Matt Holliday and the Dodgers' Matt Kemp. Fielder's three selections went into the game with a combined 53 home runs, but managed just 10 combined in the first round (not counting Holliday's two in a swing-off loss to Fielder and David Ortiz).

Fielder won some of the fans over when he hit five homers in five swings during the swing-off round, but then managed just four in the second round to finish the day for the National League.

Despite the loss, Fielder said he wouldn't have done anything different in picking his squad: "No, it was cool. I picked the guys I wanted to pick," Fielder said. "If they have a problem, tell them another person should have been captain."

For complete All-Star Game coverage, keep up with Eye on Baseball in Phoenix

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:43 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:30 pm
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Home Run Derby edition



By Matt Snyder


PHOENIX - Hey, we're here ... so why not? Just remember, this was an event meant for fun. Any critiques are all in good fun, and we're not taking anything away from any of the players involved.

The Cano Family. Robinson Cano stole the show like one player so often does in the Derby. Isn't it amazing how every year there seems to be one player who has a huge run, even if he doesn't win? For example, Josh Hamilton's splurge in Yankee Stadium was the memory, but Justin Morneau won. This time around, Cano was the one putting on a show with the moonshots, and he hit the most. He ended up winning with 32 home runs and 30 "outs" (non-homers, though he didn't even need all 30). As a bonus, his father -- former major-league pitcher Jose Cano -- was doing the pitching. Great story and great night for the Canos.

Adrian Gonzalez. Funny thing was, as good as Cano was, Gonzalez only hit one less homer on the night. Cano's felt more spectacular and more often wowed the crowd, but Gonzalez was nearly as good. And give the duo props for both hitting more home runs than not (Gonzalez had 31 homers against 30 "outs"). That's pretty tough to do.

Prince Fielder. He was only awesome in one stretch, but it was pretty solid. In the tiebreaker round -- Matt Holliday, Prince Fielder and David Ortiz battled for two spots in Round 2 -- each hitter was granted five swings. Fielder took full advantage, hitting a home run on all five cuts.



Jose Bautista, Blue Jays. Hitting four home runs in 14 swings isn't too shabby, but we were expecting the world of Joey Bats. And he started off with two home runs before making an out. Then he just fizzled. It was disappointing, that's all. But he's still one of the biggest stars here, and that is well-deserved.

Fielder picking Rickie Weeks over Justin Upton. And we've found a flaw in Year 1 of the new system. This season, captains were named to each the NL and AL and were able to pick their three "teammates." Fielder selected his real-life teammate, Weeks, instead of the home fan favorite, Justin Upton. Sorry, the All-Star Game is about the fans. The home fans wanted to see Upton, so he should have been selected. It's not like we're asking for a huge concession; Upton only has two fewer regular-season homers than Weeks.

Fans booing. Regardless of what I said above, what's done is done by the time the Derby starts. The fans relentlessly booed Matt Kemp, Weeks, Fielder and even David Ortiz. Then, in a commercial break, the fans cheered loudly for dogs catching frisbees. I thought they came to enjoy the home run show? Give me Prince Fielder hitting a baseball 450 feet, but maybe that's just me. I like baseball. Why were they booing Ortiz? Even if there was protest for Upton not being there, Ortiz is the AL captain. And why were they cheering Matt Holliday while booing the others? It was just weird.

For complete All-Star Game coverage, keep up with Eye on Baseball in Phoenix

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: July 11, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Home Run Derby set to dazzle

Ortiz

By Evan Brunell


The 2011 Home Run Derby will pit the American League captain David Ortiz against NL captain Prince Fielder of the Brewers in a new format that still holds true to the rules of previous derbies in a battle set to air at 8 p.m. ET.

Ortiz, who won the 2010 Home Run Derby (pictured), selected three players to join him in a battle of league superiority and elected to bring Red Sox teammate Adrian Gonzalez, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and the Blue Jays star Jose Bautista, who leads all of baseball with 31 home runs.

Fielder, meanwhile, will see teammate Rickie Weeks, Matt Holliday of the Cardinals and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers try to stave off what certainly looks like an AL whitewash on paper. Weeks and Holliday aren't exactly vaunted home-run hitters, but they can hold their own. It's an entirely different thing to bang a home run in a game as opposed to batting practice.

Chase Field, the Diamondbacks' home, is a hitter's haven that will prove conducive to homers although the stadium is expected to keep its retractable roof closed to keep temperatures down as Arizona heat can skyrocket past 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

If yesterday's batting practice before the Futures Game held by minor-league stars was any indication, fans are in store for a treat, given Dayan Viciedo blasted a mammoth home run that had to have traveled at least 500 feet. But there's always potential for a bust, as there tends to be at least one player each year who struggles to launch balls out of the park.

Here are some predictions made by the CBSSports.com staff, and check out previous Home Run Derby results:

BIGGEST BUST
Evan Brunell: Matt Holliday
Danny Knobler: New format (just as impossible to understand as old one)
Scott Miller: Matt Kemp
C. Trent Rosecrans: Robinson Cano
Matt Snyder: Rickie Weeks

LONGEST HOME RUN
Evan Brunell: Adrian Gonzalez, 491 ft.
Danny Knobler: Prince Fielder, 459 ft., one foot longer than Cecil Fielder's home run into the SkyDome (now Rogers Centre in Toronto) restaurant in 1991
Scott Miller: Jose Bautista, 489 ft.
C. Trent Rosecrans: Prince Fielder, 497 ft.
Matt Snyder: Prince Fielder, 478 ft.

HOME RUN DERBY CHAMPION
Evan Brunell: Jose Bautista
Danny Knobler: Scott Boras (Prince Fielder's agent)
Scott Miller: Adrian Gonzalez
C. Trent Rosecrans: Jose Bautista
Matt Snyder: Jose Bautista

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Posted on: July 8, 2011 5:03 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Offense rules in NL Central

By C. Trent Rosecrans
2011 All-Star Game

SEE THE OTHER DIVISION ALL-STARS: AL East | AL Central | AL West | NL East | NL West

The National League Central has the most teams, some of the game's brightest stars and perhaps its best story in the Pittsburgh Pirates. How deep is the talent in the NL Central? The last two men to win the National League MVP are first basemen in the division and neither makes this NL Central All-Star team. The pitching isn't too deep, at least in terms of starters, but this lineup can absolutely mash the ball.

Ramon HernandezC Ramon Hernandez, Reds: This one is a surprise, as Yadier Molina -- perhaps the game's best defensive catcher -- is an All-Star and a deserving one at that. But the nod here goes to the guy Reds manager Dusty Baker calls "Clutch Man Monie." On opening day, his three-run homer gave the Reds a walk-off victory and he's been producing at the plate since, including a ninth-inning homer yesterday against Brewers closer John Axford and the delivered the game's winning hit in the 13th inning Wednesday night in St. Louis. Hernandez's overall line -- .316/.374/.526 -- makes up for the difference between his defense and Molina's. Molina is hitting a respectable .279/.329/.408, but Clutch Man Monie has been money, especially for a player who is still essentially splitting time with Ryan Hanigan.

Prince Fielder1B Joey Votto, Reds: Votto was the National League MVP in 2010, but Prince Fielder's been the league's MVP for the first half of this season. Fielder is hitting .302/.418/.588 with 22 home runs and 71 RBI, tied for the most in the league. Votto's been good as well, but Fielder's power numbers put him over the top. So why is Votto listed here instead of Fielder? Because as I filled out the lineup card, I looked and had Votto as DH and Fielder at first. Anyone who has seen those two with gloves on their hand know you'd rather have Votto (especially with Starlin Castro also in the infield) playing the field. So Fielder wins the spot, but Votto gets the nod, if that makes sense.

Lineup
No. Name Team Pos
1 Andrew McCutchen PIT CF
2 Rickie Weeks MIL 2B
3 Joey Votto CIN 1B
4 Prince Fielder MIL DH
5 Lance Berkman STL RF
6 Ryan Braun MIL LF
7 Aramis Ramirez CHI 3B
8 Ramon Hernandez CIN C
9 Starlin Castro CHI SS

Rickie Weeks2B Rickie Weeks, Brewers: Another Brewer nips a Red. While Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips is far and away a better defensive player, Weeks is having an incredible offensive season so far. Weeks is hitting .275/.345/.476 with 15 home runs. Phillips has 10 more RBI, but that's not all that surprising considering Weeks is used as a leadoff man. 

Aramis Ramirez3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs: It's easy for Ramirez to get lost among the Cubs' mounting losses, but the 33-year-old is having a solid season, which may be his last with the Cubs. The Cubs hold a $16 million option on Ramirez for 2012, with a $2 million buyout. The Ricketts family may want to find a cheaper option, but Ramirez has produced this year, hitting .298/.346/.495 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI. He's also playing a decent third base, much better than his reputation would suggest. 

Starlin CastroSS Starlin Castro, Cubs: Sure, he's a mess defensively, but the kid can absolutely rake. Castro is hitting .305/.334/.428 with two home runs and 38 RBI, while stealing 10 bags as well. The 21-year-old is the player the Cubs will build around in the future, and for good cause. He also doesn't have a lot of competition in this division. The Pirates' Ronny Cedeno has been good defensively, but lacking offensively. The Cardinals' Ryan Theriot is hitting well, but was a below-average defensive second baseman and now he's playing short and then there's Yuniesky Betancourt, who has been terrible offensively and defensively.

LF Ryan Braun, Brewers: Talk about a stacked offensive division -- in left field you've got Matt Holliday and Braun. Braun, though gets the nod. He's been healthy (of course, Holliday's problems may make his numbers more impressive) and produced, hitting .320/.402/559 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI. He's also stolen 19 bases to boot.

Andrew McCutchenCF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: If Bruce Bochy doesn't want him, I'll sure as heck take him as my starter in center. A Gold Glove-caliber fielder, plus a .291/.389/.491 slash line and 12 homers and 15 stolen bases. McCutchen should be in the MVP discussion with the season he's had. If it weren't for McCutchen, Michael Bourn would be the pick. Bourn's hitting .288/.350/.399 with 35 stolen bases. Between those two and Cincinnati's Drew Stubbs, you could put together a heck of a relay team.

Lance BerkmanRF Lance Berkman, Cardinals: Sure he's a first baseman playing in the outfield, but who cares because he's made up for his atrocious defense with an offensive rebirth. The Cardinals gambled on Berkman this offseason and have been rewarded to the tune of .287/.399/.598 with a league-leading 23 home runs and 62 RBIs. The division also has Jay Bruce, Corey Hart and Hunter Pence, so it has right fielders to spare (not to mention Jon Jay, who played right field while Berkman was playing first for Albert Pujols.)

Prince FielderDH Prince Fielder, Brewers: This is a bit of a cheat, since I initially picked Fielder at first base. The decision here was between Votto and Holliday, and in a toss-up, I went with the reigning MVP, although either has a good case. Votto's hitting .319/.434/.497 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI, while Holliday is hitting .320/.417/.570 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI. Votto's seen fewer pitches to drive than he did a year ago, but is still producing. And once I was filling out the lineup card, I went with Votto at first base and Fielder as the DH.

Johnny CuetoSP Johnny Cueto, Reds: This division doesn't have a Cy Young candidate in the bunch, but does have several good young pitchers, including the 25-year-old Cueto, who started the season on the disabled list but is 5-3 with a 1.77 ERA in 11 starts this season. The Cardinals' Jaime Garcia is 8-4 with a 3.23 ERA and one of the best young left-handers in the game and Chicago's Matt Garza has been a victim of pitching for the Cubs, going 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA and an xFIP of 2.86.

Sean MarshallRP Sean Marshall, Cubs: The Cubs' left-hander is 5-2 with a 2.40 ERA, striking out 43 in 41 1/3 innings, while walking just nine. His xFIP is 2.27 and he's induced ground balls on 60.4 percent of the balls put in play, a good characteristic for a middle reliever, who will often come into the game with runners on base. Apologies to the Reds' Bill Bray and the Cardinals' Jason Motte.

Joel HanrahanCL Joel Hanrahan, Pirates: Hanrahan leads the division in saves with 25 and hasn't blown a single save this season.  Of the eight runners he's inherited this year, none of scored. He has 33 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings and eight walks. He's allowed just six earned runs (good for a 1.37 ERA). The division has several good starters, including the Reds' Francisco Cordero (17 saves, 1.69 ERA), the Brewers' John Axford (23 saves, 2.90 ERA) and the Cardinals' Fernando Salas (15 saves, 2.41 ERA).

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com