Prince Fielder’s Career Over?
Ok, it's a little sad, if true. It could be the end of a career for Prince Fielder, who grew up at Tiger Stadium, hanging out around the batting cage as his dad. Cecil Fielder, played for the Tigers from 1990 to 1996 after playing for the Blue Jays and in Japan. He later played for the Yankees, Angels, and Indians, but his career tailed off dramatically after leaving Detroit.
Now it looks like the same for Prince Fielder. After The Tigers traded him and his gigantic contract ($20 million a year through 2020) to the Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler. Fielder has had neck problems in two of three seasons there. If his career ends, he will have 319 home runs.....the exact number his dad had in the majors.
From the Associated Press....
A person with direct knowledge of the medical decision says Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder will have to quit playing baseball after his second neck surgery. That person told The Associated Press that Fielder isn't formally retiring, but that doctors won't give him medical clearance to play. That person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because there was no official announcement from the Rangers or Fielder about his future.
Fielder had a cervical fusion on July 29 to repair a herniation between two disks in his neck. That was done just above the area where the 32-year-old Fielder had a similar surgery in May 2014, just 26 months earlier.
Fox Sports was the first to report that Fielder was done playing.