The captains were up last during the first round of the MLB Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and it was not pretty.
Los Angeles outfielder and reigning NL MVP Matt Kemp certainly showed signs of rust, almost pulling a Brandon Inge before homering with nine outs, a 420-foot shot to centerfield. But he couldn’t pull another one out, helping Prince Fielder’s chances of advancing to the second round.
Defending champion Robinson Cano rounded out the first round and was booed because he failed to pick hometown favorite Billy Butler for the competition.
Cano made an out on his first pitched and the crowd cheered louder than they had all night. Cano barely missed home runs for his third and fourth outs, scraping them off the wall. After fouling off a pitch for his fifth out, seemingly half the AL All Star Team came out to settle him down. The crowd again started to chant for Butler as Cano flied out to centerfield for his sixth out. At this point, things are just getting bizarre, as Cano again barely missed a home run, scraping one off the top of the wall in left-centerfield.
After Cano popped out to center for his eighth out, Cano’s teammates, C.C. Sabathia and former Tiger Curtis Granderson, came out to talk to Cano’s dad Jose, his pitcher.
Cano popped out to left for his ninth out, meaning both captains came within one out of pulling an Inge. Cano, though, did, flying out to center, finishing with a big goose egg, advancing Fielder into the second round.
First round results
- Jose Bautista – 11
- Carlos Beltran – 7
- Mark Trumbo – 7
- Prince Fielder – 5
- Carlos Gonzalez – 4
- Andrew McCutchen – 4
- Matt Kemp – 1
- Robinson Cano – 0