Rangers' Prince Fielder to retire

Andrew Cummings
August 14, 2016

Texas Rangers have notice some signs that may show their first baseman Prince Fielder could retire.

Fielder makes a tearful retirement announcement: Prince Fielder wiped away tears, pointed to his two sons sitting next to him and talked about being in big league clubhouses since he was their age. "I want to thank my teammates, all the coaching staff. I'm going to really miss behind around those guys, because, you know, they're a lot of fun", Fielder sniffed. He hit just.212/.292/.334, with eight home runs over 370 plate appearances before being shut down again. "To not be able to play is going to be tough". The Rangers are set to receive about $36 million in insurance payments as compensation for Fielder's permanent injury, but that's tricky, too.

Fielder is just 32, and hasn't played for the Rangers since July 18th.

At one point during the media conference, Fielder wiped away tears and said, "Shoot, I thought I was just going to cry in the auto". The six-time All Star won the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award just last season.

Fielder, who is signed through 2020, had a cervical fusion on July 29 to fix a herniation between two disks in his neck.

He underwent his first neck surgery in 2014 and endured another one last month.

Fielder was a first-round draft pick of the Brewers in 2002 and played for the team from 2005 through 2011.

Fielder will end his career with 319 home runs, the exact same amount his father hit, and deep catalogue of highlight-reel taters. That is, until Fielder and a crew of young players (Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks) took stage at Miller Park. In a pure statistical fluke, 319 home runs is exactly the same number his father, Cecil Fielder, had over 13 major league seasons.

The Rangers would receive some sort of monetary relief, assuming they had Fielder's contract insured - The Dallas Morning News reported the Rangers had 50 percent coverage, so would receive $9 million yearly per the terms of said policy - but the Tigers will not. He had a power stroke that spread through all parts of the field and was most formidable during his time in Milwaukee.

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