With his beefy frame and prodigious power, Prince Fielder doesn’t look like a player who can simply blend into a lineup.
Somehow, the slugging first baseman did just that in his first season with the Detroit Tigers.
Fielder signed a US$214-million deal early last year, arriving in Motown amid predictable fanfare. Then he hit .313 with 30 home runs and 108 RBIs in a Detroit debut that was largely devoid of drama.
With Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera hitting in front of him and Justin Verlander baffling hitters from the mound, Fielder’s terrific production was almost overshadowed. And that’s exactly how he prefers it.
“It’s always good to be on a team when you have superstars who are cool guys. They know how to play the game,” Fielder said. “Everyone here is a star, so it’s not a big deal. I love that. The more attention off me, the better.”
Detroit’s pitchers and catchers went through their first spring training workout Tuesday, but the full squad doesn’t start until later this week. Fielder appeared at a youth baseball field in Lakeland on Tuesday, joining around 100 youngsters for the unveiling of what was billed as the world’s largest baseball card.
The card, created by the Topps Company, measured approximately 90 feet by 60 feet, leaving centre field covered with the giant image of Fielder swinging.
Tigers’ Prince Fielder thrives in the shadow of Detroit’s other stars
National Post | Feb 14