Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Better Know a Tiger: Prince Fielder
Full Name: Prince Semien Fielder (no wonder he hates Cecil)
Date of Birth: May 9, 1984 (27 years old)
From: Ontario, California
Weight: 275 lbs.
High School: Eau Gallie (Melbourne, FL)
Journey To Detroit: Drafted by Brewers with 7th pick of the 1st round in the 2002 MLB Draft. Signed with Detroit as a free agent on January 26. 2012.
Best Season: 2009: .299 Avg, 46 HR, 141 RBI, 1.014 OPS, 166 OPS+, 6.1 WAR
Worst Season: 2006: .271 Avg, 28 HR, 81 RBI, .831 OPS, 110 OPS+, 0.9 WAR
2012 Salary: $23 million
Career earnings through 2011: $34.9 million
-Scaring white people with his hair
-Hitting baseballs 700 feet
-Shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich…
-When people come up to him and say “HEY, HEY, HEY”.
-Being a vegetarian (only lasted three months)
Did You Know?
-Here are the players picked before Prince in the 2002 Draft: Bryan Bullington (Pittsburgh), BJ Upton (Tampa), Chris Gruler (Cincinnati), Adam Loewen (Baltimore), Clint Everts (Montreal), and Zack Greinke (Kansas City). After Prince, the Tigers were up and took awful third baseman Scott Moore. They passed on other 1st rounders like Jeff Francis, Nick Swisher, Cole Hamels, Joe Saunders, Matt Cain, Denard Span, James Loney, Jeff Francour, and Joe Blanton. Again…we are the worst drafting team ever, outside of the Justin Verlander selection.
-The tattoo on Prince’s neck is Korean for “Prince”. I guess it’s in case he gets lost while on vacation in Seoul.
-Prince and Cecil are the only father/son duo to each hit 50 homers in a season.
-He was the youngest player in MLB history to hit 50 homers, too.
-In his senior year of high school, Fielder hit .524 with 13 doubles, 10 home runs, 41 RBIs, and scored 47 runs
Outlook for 2012
Often, you worry about an adjustment from NL pitching to AL pitching. Just ask Adam Dunn. But with Prince’s amazing skillset, I have no such worries. The Boesch/Cabrera/Fielder/Young/Avila/Peralta combo in the order is going to be amazing to watch this year, assuming they all stay healthy.
As much as we’ll all miss Victor Martinez this year, his injury may have been the best thing to happen to the Tigers. Considering the shaky pitching in Chicago, Minnesota, Cleveland, and Kansas City, Fielder is going to be a beast this year. I can’t wait.