55 Facts About Prince Fielder


Prince Fielder was selected in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft by the Brewers out of Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Florida, and spent the first seven years of his MLB career with the Brewers before signing with the Tigers, in January 2012.

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In November 2013, Fielder was traded to the Rangers, where he played the remainder of his career.

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Prince Fielder holds the Brewers' team record for home runs and runs batted in in a season and is the youngest player in National League history to hit 50 home runs in a season.

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Prince Fielder became the first Brewer to win the Home Run Derby, defeating Nelson Cruz in the final round of the 2009 derby.

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Prince Fielder ended his career with 319 home runs, the same number as his father, Cecil Fielder.

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Prince and Cecil Fielder are the only father-son duo to each hit 50 MLB home runs in a season, and were the only father-son duo to hit 40 MLB home runs in a season until 2021, when Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

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Prince Fielder was initially right-handed, but at a very young age was converted to being a left-handed hitter by his father, baseball player Cecil Prince Fielder.

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Prince Fielder was a fixture around his father's teams' clubhouses growing up.

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Prince Fielder appeared with his father on MTV Rock N' Jock Softball.

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Prince Fielder hit a home run off Tigers third base coach Terry Francona into the upper deck of Tiger Stadium as a 12-year-old in 1996.

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Prince Fielder attended Saint Edward's School in Vero Beach, Florida, for two years, where he played junior varsity baseball.

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Prince Fielder spent his first three years of high school playing at Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Florida.

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Prince Fielder then transferred to Eau Gallie High School, located in the Eau Gallie neighborhood of Melbourne, to play baseball there his senior year.

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Prince Fielder was named by Florida Today as the All-Space Coast Player of the Year in 2002.

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Prince Fielder signed with the Brewers and began his professional career in minor league baseball with the Ogden Raptors of the Rookie-level Pioneer League.

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Prince Fielder was promoted to the Beloit Snappers of the Class A Midwest League that season.

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Prince Fielder spent the 2003 season with Beloit and was promoted to the Huntsville Stars of the Class AA Southern League for the 2004 season.

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Prince Fielder earned his first call-up to Major League Baseball on June 13,2005.

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Prince Fielder served as the designated hitter for the Brewers during interleague play.

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Prince Fielder was again called up to the Majors on August 17,2005, and went on to finish the season with the Brewers, where he was used as a pinch-hitter.

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Prince Fielder was an early favorite for National League Rookie of the Year.

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Prince Fielder led all major league rookies with 28 homers in the 2006 season.

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Prince Fielder had a strong first half in 2007, earning a start at first base in the 2007 All-Star game over the previous two MVP winners, Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols.

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On September 15,2007, Prince Fielder broke the Brewers franchise record for home runs in a season, hitting his 46th in a game against the Cincinnati Reds.

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Prince Fielder stated that he hoped to surpass his father's total of 51 home runs in a season as a way of exorcising the demons that came with being the son of a prominent major-leaguer.

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Prince Fielder earned the Milwaukee Brewers Team MVP award, the Player's Choice NL Outstanding Player award, 2007 Silver Slugger award, and was voted the National League's Hank Aaron Award winner.

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Prince Fielder was quoted saying, "I'm not happy about it at all", showing his disappointment in not being able to reach an agreement with the club.

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Prince Fielder had to be restrained by teammates Ray Durham, Dave Bush, JJ Hardy, Ryan Braun, and pitching coach Mike Maddux.

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Prince Fielder hit the Brewers' only home run of the series, in Game 4.

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Prince Fielder hit his first career grand slam against Rafael Perez of the Cleveland Indians on June 15,2009, at Progressive Field.

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Prince Fielder was one of four NL first basemen who made the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, joining starter Albert Pujols and fellow reservists Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Howard.

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Prince Fielder won the 2009 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby in St Louis.

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Prince Fielder began the Derby with a Rickie Weeks bat, but quickly switched to one of Ryan Braun's because it was longer and gave him more plate coverage.

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Prince Fielder made the finals with 17 home runs after the first two rounds, eliminating local favorites Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard.

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Prince Fielder then beat former Brewers teammate Nelson Cruz with six homers in the final round.

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The Dodgers security guards stopped Prince Fielder from entering, though the incident was captured by a television crew.

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Prince Fielder set this record during a game against the Houston Astros — the team Cooper was managing at the time.

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Prince Fielder finished the season with 141 RBIs, which surpassed his father's career high of 133 in 1991.

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Prince Fielder finished tied for first in the National League in RBIs with Ryan Howard, and second in home runs with 46.

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Prince Fielder was named MVP of the 82nd All Star Game, in which he hit a 3-run home run.

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Prince Fielder became one of three Brewers who have had four 100-RBI seasons, along with Cecil Cooper and Braun.

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Prince Fielder came in third in the voting for the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player Award, behind winner and teammate Ryan Braun and Matt Kemp.

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On January 26,2012, Prince Fielder agreed to a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers to play first base and bat clean-up in the Tigers batting order.

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The Tigers acquired Prince Fielder to replace the bat of an injured Victor Martinez, the everyday designated hitter in 2011.

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Prince Fielder was selected by American League captain, Robinson Cano, to participate in the 2012 Home Run Derby.

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On July 9,2012, Prince Fielder became the 2012 Home Run Derby champion, hitting 12 home runs in the third and final round over Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Prince Fielder became the first participant to win for both the National and American League, and joined Ken Griffey Jr.

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Prince Fielder hit 30 home runs, giving him six straight seasons with at least 30 long balls, and drove in 108 runs for his fifth career 100-plus RBI season.

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Prince Fielder played in all 162 games for Detroit, his third such season in his career, and he led the American League in being hit by pitches.

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In Game 2 of the series, Prince Fielder was hit on the shoulder by a pitch from Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner.

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On July 1, Prince Fielder was voted in as a reserve infielder in the AL player balloting for the 2013 Major League All-Star Game.

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Prince Fielder did drive in 106 runs, marking the sixth time he topped 100 in his career.

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On November 20,2013, Prince Fielder was traded to the Texas Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler and $30 million.

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Prince Fielder married his wife Chanel in 2005 during the Triple-A All-Star break while playing for the Nashville Sounds.

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Prince Fielder filed for divorce in May 2013, but by March 2014, he and his wife had reconciled.

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