OT - Prince Fielder to retire

Submitted by reddogrjw on August 9th, 2016 at 2:40 PM

I guess this means Detroit isn't on the hook to send any more money to Texas?



edit - later changed to medically unable to play


The Geek

August 9th, 2016 at 5:18 PM ^

for Dombrowski. After Prince's lame slide into 3rd, then 'meh' attitude after sealed his fate with me. I am a huge Ian Kinsler fan. I love the way he plays the game. 

Prince was entertaining (I loved it when he ate the nachos in the ALCS iirc?), and I, like others have expressed, wished him the best in Arlington. 

Also -- first I'd heard of the Avisail Garcia drama. I was a bit surprised when we let him go --  but now I know the 'rest of the story.' 


August 9th, 2016 at 2:44 PM ^

He has a guaranteed contract through 2020 that pays him $24/year.  He had neck surgery a couple weeks ago, so regardless of $$$, it's good he's retiring.  Dude has a violent swing.  

I don't know if he still has issues with his wife, but I know he loves his kids.  I want him to be able to spend the rest of his 30s and beyond doing all the things he'd like with his family.


August 9th, 2016 at 3:35 PM ^

to the deferred compensation, in baseball I believe if a team lets a player go (not the player retiring) they still owe the player the balance of the contract.  It's why you hear about all these awful long term contracts teams give to players in their late 20's/early 30's.  Towards the end of the contract the player is usually not producing at a rate to justify his salary, but the team is stuck.  Unless they can trade the player, they have to pay the player whether he's on the roster or not.

It's different in football - if a player is cut, the team isn't on the hook for his salary.  The only thing the NFL team would owe the player is if there is any guaranteed money which still needs to be paid.  it's why NFL players fight so hard for the guaranteed money.


August 9th, 2016 at 2:54 PM ^

...I believe Texas is on the hook for it.  I'm not completely sure though.  This Ken Rosenthal tweet makes me believe Texas will have to pay up.


’ Fielder underwent his second neck surgery on July 29. He is guaranteed $24M annually through 2020. Not known if TEX has insurance.


August 9th, 2016 at 2:59 PM ^

He lost any fan support he had left after the Tigers were bounced from the playoffs by Baltimore in 2014, and he said he didn't even care. He's got his family to keep him happy.

It was never going to be the same between him and Tigers fans after that. I do hope he gets healthy because a lifelong injury is not a fun way to live


August 9th, 2016 at 3:04 PM ^

Once he said he didn't even care about the Tigers losing in the playoffs, I was so glad Dombrowski was able to ship his butt out of Detroit.  I still can't beleive he managed to do it.   Probably the most amazing deal he pulled off in his time here. 

Lou MacAdoo

August 9th, 2016 at 4:41 PM ^

It was a great deal. I liked the idea of having him on the team initially, but you just knew he wouldn't age well. He's built sloppily and has that violent swing. Then I read something in ESPN the Magazine that charted all of his homeruns in Milwaukee and compared them to Comerica and he would've only been a 20 hr a year player for Detroit. Throw in the fact that he was a mediocre defensive player and the Tigers had the DH position locked up for the future with Victor and Miggy. It was one of Dombrowski's swing and misses. Soooo glad he was able to get Kinsler out of him.