Another day, another playing career coming to an end.
Over the past week, the game of baseball has seen the careers of Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez come to a close. Today, we can add another name to that list, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted out earlier today that the Texas Rangers are expected to hold a press conference tomorrow to announce the end of Prince Fielder‘s career.
The tweet stops short of saying that Fielder is retiring, as Rosenthal later clarified (via Twitter) that Fielder isn’t retiring. Fielder has been deemed medically disabled, and his doctors will not clear him to play baseball. It’s important to note that Fielder is not “retiring,” as that would mean that Fielder would have to renounce the remainder of his contract. In this case, that’s not happening.
Last month, Fielder was placed on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck. To treat that, he underwent surgery in late July. This was Fielder’s second neck surgery, after he underwent a neck fusion surgery back in 2014. There were questions regarding his ability to recover from the first surgery, but he proved the doubters wrong to the tune of a .305/.378/.463 batting line with 23 home runs and 98 RBIs in 2015. This season though, Fielder has taken a huge step back, batting .212/.292/.334 with eight home runs and only 44 RBIs in 89 games. He has noted this season, that he’s been suffering from symptoms that he had prior to his first neck surgery in 2014.
With Fielder not officially retiring, that means the Rangers are still responsible for paying Fielder through the end of his deal in 2020, at $24 million per season. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning news reports (via Twitter) that the Rangers are responsible for $9 million of the $24 million that Fielder is owed. He goes on to note (via Twitter) that the Detroit Tigers will be responsible for $6 million of the money owed to Fielder, while the remaining $9 million will come by way of insurance payments.
The former seventh-overall pick of the Milwaukee Brewers has had quite the career for himself. For his career, Fielder is hitting .283/.382./.506 with 319 home runs and 1028 RBIs in 1,621 career games with the Brewers, Rangers, and Detroit Tigers. The six-time All-Star has never won an MVP award, although he has been named a Silver Slugger on three different occasions. Fielder did finish in the top-four of MVP voting in 2007, 2009, and 2011. His postseason career has been a stark contrast of his regular season career, though. In nine postseason series, the 32-year-old Fielder owns a .189/.276/.311 batting line with five home runs and 12 RBIs.
Fielder will finish his career tied for 116th on the all-time home run list, with 319 home runs. Ironically, he’ll finished tied with his father — Cecil Fielder.