What an honor for Biloxi hitting coach Sandy Guerrero. Texas long ball hitter Prince Fielder has asked Guerrero to be his pitcher during Monday night's MLB Home Run Derby at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
This won't be the first time this has happened. It will be the sixth time Fielder and his longtime friend Guerrero have teamed up for a Home Run Derby. Fielder and Guerrero won the event in 2009 in St. Louis and duplicated the feat in 2012 in Kansas City.
Guerrero said, "Prince is trying to be just the second player in Major League Baseball history to win three Derby's, as Ken Griffey Jr. is the only player to win three. It's always fun and I am always glad that he looks to me to be there with him. To be in the room with the best of the best in the game is an incredible moment for anybody."
Fielder will participate in the eight-man competition on Monday as the No. 7 seed in the newly-formatted Derby. Fielder has 13 home runs this season and 301 over his 11-year Major League career. He will face hometown favorite Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds in the first round. The winner will advance to face the Josh Donaldson/Anthony Rizzo winner.
It's going to be hard no matter who you go with, especially Frazier, "stated Guerrero. "He's in his hometown and has the crowd in front of him. The thing that goes in our favor is that he has to go first. The bottom line is we have to hit more home runs than whoever we're facing. So, the strategy will be to not waste any pitches that are close to the zone, since right now the outs don't count against you."
Guerrero played 19-years in Mexico, Taiwan and the independent Northern League before he began his baseball coaching career.
Guerrero's father, Epy, was a renowned Major League scout in the Dominican Republic. His brother, Mike, is the first base coach with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Shuckers will take a swing at the Tennessee Smokies beginning at 6 on Saturday on the road.
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