Tuesday Afternoon saw reports of an imminent ‘retirement’ as Texas Rangers DH Prince Fielder is scheduled to hold a press conference tomorrow morning in what is expected to be a goodbye to the game of Baseball. Fielder, who had neck surgery for the second time in 2 years on July 29th, is also expected to be declared ‘medically disabled’ by doctors meaning that this isn’t a retirement as such but more that doctors will not clear him to play baseball. He will continue to receive a sum of $9 million per year from the Texas Rangers all the way through to 2020.
Sources: Prince Fielder’s career appears over. #Rangers expected to hold press conference tomorrow.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 9, 2016
Fielder first underwent neck surgery in 2014 breaking his 547 consecutive starts, which at the time led the league. He bounced back strong winning NL Comeback Player of The Year award hitting .308 with 23 HR’s & 98 RBI’s. However, Fielder is remember for his great tenure in Milwaukee in which he hit an impressive 230 HR’s from 2005-2011, including a 50 HR season in ’07 which to this day makes him the last man to hit 50 or more HR’s in a single season in the NL. A short stint in Detroit in which he won the AL Pennant in 2012 was followed by a quiet 3 years in Arlington. Coincidentally, if Fielder were to never play again, he would finish with 319 career HR’s, the same as his dad Cecil Fielder. It’s always a shame when a player of Fielder’s ability steps away from the game especially when they have no choice but to step away, but like Dr. Seuss once said ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’
Goodbye Sweet Prince.