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Prince Fielder signs with his dad's old team (Detroit Tigers)

posted 1/24/2012 6:01:32 PM |
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Surprised that Prince Fielder signed with the Detroit Tigers? So was his dad, former Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder.

"That just shocked me," Cecil Fielder told MLB Radio on SiriusXM. "I just landed in New York… and I got that call -- that's crazy! He's going to come full circle. You know, he's been there in Detroit most of his young life, so I think he'll be comfortable in that place. …

"I know Mr. (Mike) Ilitch is probably pretty excited, because he's been wanting that kid since he was a little kid, so he finally got his wish.

"I didn't even see Detroit in the picture. I didn't even see that happening with all the talk about the Nationals and Texas Rangers and Seattle. … I never saw Detroit making a move like this."

• His relationship with Prince (father and son have been estranged the past few years): "We're having a few chats. We're doing a lot better than we were. Time heals all wounds, man. Everybody has to come back together at some point.

"I'm just happy for him. I think everybody was anxious for him to get signed."

• Whether he ever envisioned a nine-year deal when he played: "You know what? It's the sign of the times. Baseball's getting better and better."

• What adjustment Prince will have to make switching to the American League: "I don't think much. You know, if you're a good hitter, you're a good hitter. If you're a good player, you're a good player. I just think guys like Prince and Albert (Pujols) that have changed leagues, I don't think there's going to be too much getting used to. Everybody's gotta throw it over the plate to hit it, so … he'll be fine, man.

"He's just gotta go and relax, don't try to do too much. You know how that is. I think that's one thing these guys getting these big deals have to do, is just not try to prove worthy of the money. They just gotta go play and enjoy baseball."


I think it's pretty cool that he signed with his dad's old team.

I'm also glad that him and Albert Pujols are out of the N.L.Central, it gives my Reds a chance to finally win the division again. Both could really hit the ball out of the park.

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Jan 24 @ 8:50PM  
That's been some big news around here. I remember his dad playing for the Tigers, so it's cool to see that the son is going to be playing for them now.

Jan 24 @ 11:28PM  
Too much money for a guy that wont make enough of a difference for the life of his contract

Jan 25 @ 6:22AM  
He may just piece the piece of the puzzle to get the Tigers over the top.

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