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Prince’s Reign is Over

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Prince Fielder deemed medically unable to play.

The Texas Rangers will be without the services of DH/1B Prince Fielder for not only the remainder of this season but permanently, after undergoing his second neck surgery in as many years. This marks the end of Fielder’s career as doctors will not clear him after this latest surgery on July 29th. Texas will be on the hook for $9 Million a season through 2020.

Fielder originally had surgery in May of 2014 to repair a herniated disk in his neck, missing all but 42 games in 2014. Prior to his first surgery Fielder had only missed 13 games in 8 seasons between 2006-2013. Fielder returned to form though in 2015 hitting .305 with 23 home runs and 98 RBI’s en route to his 6th all-star appearance.

To start this year, Prince Fielder had a slash line of .212/.294/.334 in 370 plate appearances across 89 games for Texas this year.

Prince Fielder the son of former Yankee Cecil Fielder, was drafted 7th overall in 2002 by the Milwaukee Brewers and made his first big league appearance at age 21 on June 13th of the 2005 season. Fielder went on to have 7 great seasons in Milwaukee with 3 all-star appearances over 7 years. In his Milwaukee days Prince hit .282/.390/.540 with 230 HR and 656 RBI in 998 games for the club with 3 all-star appearances and 2 silver slugger awards. 

Fielder opted for free agency in 2011 and then signed with the Detroit Tigers to form a formidable trio of hitters with Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera. The trio led Detroit to a World Series appearance where they went on to lose to San Francisco Giants in a 4 game sweep in 2012. Fielder had a short-lived tenure in Detroit appearing in just two seasons with the club after disappointing playoff exits both years. He was then traded in the off-season for Ian Kinsler and cash considerations to the Texas Rangers.

While this is not the end to the career Prince Fielder wanted, as he undoubtedly felt he had more left in the tank, he did end up finishing his career tied with his dad Cecil with 319 Home runs for their careers. Now that is one positive note that he can hang it up on.