Busch Stadium served as the launching pad for Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby on Monday, but Greer Stadium effectively was mission control. That’s where much of the detail work took place.
Prince Fielder, who won the event, and runner-up Nelson Cruz were teammates on the Nashville Sounds in 2005. Not coincidentally, the Sounds were Pacific Coast League champions that season.
Current Nashville hitting coach Sandy Guerrero pitched to Fielder, now a first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers. Guerrero was the hitting coach at Class AA Huntsville when Fielder played there.
The Home Run Derby is part of MLB’s annual All-Star festivities.
Fielder’s winning effort included the night’s two longest home runs, one which traveled 503 feet in the semifinal round and one which went 497 feet during the first round.