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This Prince of a deal is exciting

Written By: Terry Foster | January 25, 2012

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Late Tuesday night I appeared on a Chicago radio station asking me for the inside scoop on the Tigers signing slugger Prince Fielder. And here was my insight.

“I will be honest with you. I don’t know what the heck happened. I am still walking around in shock.”

“You had to have an inkling something was up,” the announcer said.
“Nope. Not a clue,” I admitted.’

It was the kind of shock that made your jaw drop when you heard the Tigers signed Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million contract. From the people I talked to, Fielder did not want to come to Detroit and play for the Tigers. It actually didn’t have as much to do with his estranged father Cecil Fielder, who played here, as I originally thought.

He thought he was a better fit elsewhere — perhaps Texas or Washington. But Tigers owner Mike Ilitch gave Fielder an offer he couldn’t refuse by offering him the fourth highest contract in baseball history. Ilitch took all his poker chips and shoved them to the middle of the table. He is all in and nobody expected this.

The Ilitch family, outside of Mike Ilitch is stunned. Tigers manager Jim Leyland scolded reporters for asking about Fielder basically calling them stupid for even bringing it up. And I still don’t think Ilitch has told Tigers President Dave Dombrowski yet. He probably found out on twitter.

I keep hearing this will be a good deal on the front end and a bad one on the back end. Fielder is 27 years old. My guess is he has six good years. Beyond that I do not care. And if he discovers better eating and training habits he could last longer. I hope he finds it because this dude could mash for a long time.

I will write more about this in the coming days. I am just stunned right now and want to make sure this is actually happening. Could somebody pinch me?

You mean to tell me Tayshaun Prince is no longer the Prince of Detroit? Stunning.

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3 Responses to “This Prince of a deal is exciting”

  1. gene Says:

    Sure does make Tiger’s baseball fun again! I recently wrote a column saying the Tigers need to fill in the blanks ….. this qualifies! This especially qualifies if Miguel moves to third.

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  2. George Markley Says:

    Great day yesterday, Terry. I am not buying the “Cabrera at 3rd” BS. He would need to lose at lease 60 lbs to play any other position on the field outside of 1st base, and that is not going to happen. My guess is Prince/Miguel will alternate between DH and 1st depending on who is pitching…not that a RHP or LHP makes much of a difference to either of those two. The stress level on all AL Central teams’ pitching staffs will be much greater this year. This deal would not have not happened if VMart was healthy. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but can you imagine what it will be like when he comes back in ’13?

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  3. ward Says:

    PRINCE FIELDER has out hit RYAN HOWARD the last 3 years in every major category except rbi’s, where he is just 16 behind. HE HAS MORE HITS, DOUBLES, HR’S, WALKS,LESS STRIKE OUTS,A BETTER ON BASE AND SLUGGING PCT.PRINCE IS A HUSTLE PLAYER WHO GIVES 100 PERCENT. GET IT STRAIGHT PEOPLE, THE FACT IS THE BEST LEFT HANDED POWER HITTER IN BASEBALL NOW RESIDES IN THE MOTOR CITY AND HE IS ABOUT TO BE JUST 28 YEARS OLD ! It is very possible by the end of this contract we will get to see PRINCE hit his 500th career home run in a tiger uniform and thus punch his ticket to cooperstown and go in a DETROIT TIGER. THANK YOU MIKE ILITCH

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