I awoke this morning to the news that Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder is claiming that he “probably” won’t be back in Brew town next season.
What was he thinking? Does he understand the pressure he’s putting on this team now? The Brewers are 2-8 in their past ten games and are starting to lose their big division lead piece by piece to the Cardinals. I mean I had no problem with Nyjer Morgan talking, but Prince? C’MON MAN!
Who didn’t see this coming though? During the time Ryan Braun signed a huge extension with the Brewers, Prince Fielder said, “I hope they have some money for me.” Now I understand baseball is your job, but you don’t say stuff like that to the media.
Is Fielder worth the money he’s asking for? I’ll give you both reasons why he is and why he isn’t.
Prince is worth the money because of his bat. In 986 career games (six seasonss), Fielder has 224 career home runs with 645 RBI’s and 555 walks. He’s a big guy with a lot of strength. Along with the bat, his intangibles are rare for a superstar like him. He’s the light of the Brewers clubhouse and could probably carry that on to any other team that pays him.
He’s not worth the money because of his immaturity. Fielder has one of the biggest mouths in the league. If you sign him to be a first baseman, you won’t get defense. If he doesn’t get what he wants, he’ll whine and complain about it.
Now where does he land? There are many teams that make sense. Some good examples are the Chicago Cubs or even the St. Louis Cardinals if they can’t re-sign Albert Pujols. People have thrown around the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox based on salary, but who needs Fielder when you have Tex and A-Gon?
In the end, I believe Prince Fielder will be wearing a Chicago Cub uniform for the 2012 season. Makes sense because it’s the end of the world since this big baby is getting what he wants.
Now if one can remember, recent Cubs signings have gone sour. Some examples include Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Zambrano, and in a sense Aramis Ramirez due to his injury concerns. This won’t help the Cubs make a push for the playoffs in another three years unless they make a move for a quality pitcher or develop their own. A new GM would be nice though.
There’s a reason why we call this team the lovable losers. We love how they’re always looking to pay the big players money, but it always ends up the same; they can’t win. Let’s pray it doesn’t take another 100 years to win another title, especially with a Prince.