This is a bittersweet topic for me. As I was preparing to write, I battled between (admittedly melodramatic) smiles and tears. Prince Fielder has provided Brewers fans with so many memories and traditions – thinking of the potential of future seasons without him causes a pang of emptiness.
However, the almighty dollar will be the deciding factor for Fielder. Milwaukee may not be able to afford as much as some others teams- but don’t call up the movers just yet! The Brewers Nation are collectively crossing their fingers and hoping he’ll be back to aid the team in making another run at the World Series.
Fielder is well-known around the league for his skill at the plate, and fans never got tired of seeing this pose. He has shown off his hitting power by winning the Home-Run Derby in ’09 and consistently ranking among the league leaders in home runs. But real fans of the Brew Crew see that he brings even more than that to the field.
Ryan Braun is one player that will be affected by Fielder’s decision (besides not being able to do that cool handshake that I adore) if he leaves. The threat of Fielder warming up on deck made pitchers throw at Braun, rather than walk him. Walking Braun with Fielder on deck meant to many a bullpen that more runs would be undoubtedly scored. Braun had a career high in walks last season (58), but if Fielder leaves, statistics indicate that this number will rise due to teams looking to avoid the dynamic duo. More walks will take away from Braun’s hit opportunities – so he will have to make them count.
Another great thing about Fielder is that he’s durable. He only played under 157 games once (2005), and only then because he was just called up to the majors. He takes care of himself and is able to play through injuries – while avoiding major ones (knock on wood). Some of the best players in the league have missed games for various reasons, but Fielder just keeps on going.
Players with Fielder’s immense talent and durability are hard to find – however, the Brewers are looking.