ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was one of eight All-Stars selected to compete in the 2011 Home Run Derby on Monday, July 11 at Chase Field in Phoenix. Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers, the captain of the National League derby squad, picked Holliday and the announcement came on Tuesday.
This will the third overall and second consecutive appearance in the derby as Holliday participated last season at Angels Stadium in Anaheim finishing fifth with 5 total home runs. His first derby was in 2007 when he was with the Colorado Rockies. He would end up tying Albert Pujols with 13 total home runs at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
To celebrate and live up to the selection, Holliday jacked two long balls. First, a 403-foot shot to left in the top of the first and a 402-foot one to left centerfield off of Reds’ starter Edinson Volquez giving him 12 homers this season. He now has 16 career multi-homer games.
Joining Holliday from the NL is second baseman Rickie Weeks and first baseman Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers, plus outfielder Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The American League will feature designated hitter David Ortiz and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox, outfielder Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees.
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