KANSAS CITY (BaseballStL) – No one in the Home Run Derby knows Kauffman Stadium better than Carlos Beltran.
Beltran played seven seasons as a member of the Kansas City Royals and hit 61 of his 322 career home runs at the stadium he used to call “home.”
On Monday, Beltran stepped to the plate as the first hitter in the 2012 Home Run Derby and smacked an impressive seven home runs in the first round and tacked another five in the second round with the longest home run traveling 459 feet.
It was a rough start for Beltran as he collected three quick outs to begin his first round, but settled in to collect seven homers in the seven remaining outs.
At the time of his second round attempt, the 12 total home runs placed him in second place behind Prince Fielder. The following hitter, Mark Trumbo, hit 13 home runs to eliminate Beltran from the competition.
The average distance of his home runs was 420 feet. He was the only NL participant to move onto the second round.
Fielder beat Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista in the final round to win his second Home Run Derby crown. Fielder hit 12 of his 28 home runs in the final round.