PrinceFielderSmileIt was announced yesterday that first baseman Prince Fielder would start at first base for the American League in next week’s MLB All-Star Game, and today it appears that he will receive the honor of participating in the Home Run Derby as well.

Robinson Cano, the captain of the American League Home Run Derby squad, is set to announce his selections at 6:00 PM tonight, but indications are that Fielder has received, and accepted, one of the invitations to participate.

From MLB.com today:
On Sunday, Fielder was coy about whether he had plans to participate in the Derby, saying only, "I don't know. I think so." Cabrera followed that up by later saying, "It's going to be fun to see Prince in the Home Run Derby."

Fielder has participated in the Home Run Derby three times in his career (2007, 2009, 2011), and won the contest in 2009. Some people get concerned about the derby messing up a hitter’s swing, but that hasn’t been a big issue for Prince. His combined slash line in those three years leading up to the Home Run Derby was .298/.411/.603; following the All-Star break he hit .292/.402/.586. All three numbers (AVG/OBP/SLG) fell slightly, but each remained well above his career averages (.283/.388/.536).

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