Prince Fielder is hardly old, but relative to the youth movement in baseball this season, the 31-year-old is a grizzled veteran.
And the veteran still has a few things to show the young fellas.
Fielder’s single off Clayton Kershaw broke a fifth-inning tie Tuesday, and Fielder drove in an insurance run in the seventh to help lift the American League to a 6-3 victory in the 86th All-Star Game.
“I’m just trying to be ready for the fastball and then I’ve got to play aggressive pepper,” Fielder said. “Any time you can win a game and be a part of it, it’s always cool.”
Fielder, though, did not become an All-Star MVP for the second time, but Mike Trout, the 23-year-old superstar, did after he led off the game with a homer and scored on Fielder’s single at Great American Ball Park.
Trout became the first player in All-Star history to win back-to-back All-Star MVP awards. He’s also the reigning AL MVP.
Fielder is a six-time All-Star and played in the Midsummer Classic a year after undergoing major neck surgery. He’s batting .339, second in the AL, with 14 homers and 54 RBIs.
Fielder was sent to pinch hit in the fifth for Nelson Cruz even though Fielder is a left-handed batter and Kershaw is left-handed. It didn’t deter AL manager Ned Yost.
“I know how tough an out he is,” Yost said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s left-handed or right-handed. In that situation, I felt good about Prince doing exactly what he did.”
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