Prince Fielder’s Consecutive Games Streak Is Haunting The Team
By Matthew Lafave (Tigers Correspondent) Follow @MatthewLafave
When Prince Fielder inked his monstrous 9 year/$214 million deal back in January of 2012, the Tigers knew exactly what they were getting: a very good hitter in his prime.
At the time of the signing, Fielder was hitting a career .282 with 230 home runs and 656 RBIs.
But the Tigers were also getting a little 181 consecutive game streak. Not too major at the time but following Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox, the streak now sits at 461 games.
Fielder once had a streak of 327 games but eventually ended due to flu-like symptoms on September 13, 2010. That was also the last game he missed.
He has been the longest active streak leader since May 15th, 2012, taking the streak from Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp after he hit the disabled list.
At the time, Fielder said, “I don’t want to take anything away from Matt because he’s a good friend, but yeah, it’s important to me.” “I take pride in it,” he went onto say.
“It’s not really a milestone that I’m trying to reach, but I just feel like I should be in the lineup every day because that’s my job.”
So would Tigers manager Jim Leyland ever dare to sit him out for a game? Fielder is hitting a cold .237 with only 1 home run and 12 RBIs since the All-Star break.
He has not hit a home run since July 24th in Chicago – that’s 18 games if you’re counting at home.
In a recent radio interview on local 105.1 FM, Torii Hunter hinted that Fielder is going through some problems in his personal life.
“Prince is a strong guy,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “A lot of people don’t know what’s going on in his life. This guy’s a strong guy. He’s out there every day.”
He later said, “Us as players, we know what’s really going on and we appreciate him going out there every day.” One could speculate a lot of different issues though marital problems seem to be the most common rumor.
Prince quickly squashed that there was anything wrong, saying before Tuesday nights game, “I’m gonna turn the story off, its fine. Everything’s fine.” No surprise there.
But if you’re Leyland, your lefty cleanup hitter is batting only .248 against righties and hasn’t had a .300 average since early May. On paper, it sure seems that he could use a few games away for a mental and physical break.
Victor Martinez has proven he can easily handle first base duties if necessary. The rest could also get him ready for the upcoming postseason as he has shown a not so strong playoff run.
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Posted on August 14, 2013, in MLB Player Profiles, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @matthewlafave on twitter, dave dombrowskji, detroit tigers, Jim Leyland, longest active streak in MLB for games played consecitively, matt kemp, matt lafave, matthew lafave, miguel cabrera, milwaukee brewers, prince fielder, prince fielder contract, Torii Hunter, victor martinez, www.detroitexaminer.com. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.