If you spend any time with Prince Fielder, you start to wonder how anything could possibly go wrong -- with him, with the Tigers, with the human race.

He has that kind of personality. He laughs, he makes other people laugh, he remembers names, he follows through on promises, and he just looks like we want baseball players to look.

I know that sounds weird, since Fielder is often described as fat. But one of the fun parts of baseball is that stars come in all shapes and sizes, and the heavyset slugger is a classic baseball archetype.

Babe Ruth was in great shape for much of his playing days, but collectively, we choose to remember him from the end of his career, as an overweight slugger. That is partly because he was more famous then, but also because he is more lovable that way.