Prince Fielder (2004)
Big Prince Fielder was once a key part in the Milwaukee Brewers lineup. Unfortunately injuries ended his career last season at 32 years old. As much as I wanted him to continue his career, the abrupt end left him tied in career homers with his father, Cecil Fielder. While injuries derailing a career is the worst thing that could happen, that is a nice stat for a father/son game.
There are always the stories of Fielder at a young age impressing during his fathers batting practice. Well, it all paid off as he got selected seventh overall in the 2002 Amateur Draft. Two years later he participated in the Futures game, then debuted the year after.
Half of Fielders All-Star appearances came as a representative of the Milwaukee Brewers. He also accumulated two of his three Silver Sluggers during that time.
For a guy who weighs 275 pounds, Fielder was an excellent athlete. He was more than just a power hitter as he hit .282 in his career as a Brewer. Add a season with seven steals and he will surprise some people. Four times in his career he did not miss a game in the season. He was full of surprises during his career.
He is a member of the 300 HR club, he was just over halfway to the 3,000 hit club, and he was still pretty young at the end of his career. The forced retirement, though, will keep more than likely keep him out of the Hall of Fame. The numbers were getting there, but he was not able to cap off his career to prove he was deserving based purely on statistics. Personally, I think he is worthy of consideration. It will be interesting to see what happens.