After undergoing his second neck surgery in the last 27 months, Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers is reportedly retiring.
Sources: Prince Fielder’s career appears over. #Rangers expected to hold press conference tomorrow.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 9, 2016
Believe that insurance policy will pay 50% based on Rangers commitment of $18 million. https://t.co/IHoUhMZ4z3
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) August 9, 2016
Prince had a good enough first half last year to warrant an All-Star Game selection, but the end of last year wasn’t as good, and this season was pretty much a disaster. The Rangers have carried on well enough without him, considering they own the best record in the American League.
Fielder never quite replicated his early success as a Milwaukee Brewer after he moved on to the Detroit Tigers in 2012, and was then traded to the Rangers (for Ian Kinsler) in 2014. There were often concerns expressed about whether his portly body type would have long-term staying power under the grind of major league seasons. Until coming to Texas, however, Fielder had always been remarkably injury free, hardly ever sitting out a game.
It’s sad to see his career cut short. Now let us honor him, in grand Internet tradition, with a gify salute.