Torii Hunter implies Prince Fielder is having off-field problems

Prince Fielder TigersPrince Fielder is having a down season by his standards, and teammate Torii Hunter implied on Tuesday that the Detroit Tigers first baseman is being affected by some off-field issues.

Hunter was appearing on the “Ryan and Rico” show on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM when he talked about Fielder. Hunter says he heard fans being critical of Fielder and wanted to defend his teammate. He was asked about what’s going on with Fielder when he offered a response.

“Prince is a strong guy, man. A lot of people don’t know what’s going on in his life,” Hunter told the hosts. “But this guy is a strong guy. He’s out there every day. He won’t come out of the lineup no matter what’s going on off the field or on the field. He’s a strong guy. Us as players, we know what’s really going on. And we appreciate him going out there every day, despite …”

The hosts respected Hunter’s desire to not delve further into Fielder’s issues and let it go.

Fielder did not want to make an issue of anything when asked about Hunter’s comments before Tuesday’s game at the Chicago White Sox.

“I’m gonna turn the story off. It’s fine. Everything’s fine,” Fielder said, via MLive.com’s Chris Iott.

It’s no surprise that Fielder didn’t want the story going any further. The guy really has avoided drama for most of his career. He is also incredibly reliable, having only missed one game from 2009-2012. But Fielder’s numbers are down this season. He’s batting .261/.352/.432, and his .784 OPS is his lowest since his rookie season. Fielder is not having a poor season, but he’s not having his usual all-star season. There’s still plenty of time for him to get hot and put aside any questions about whether he’s being affected by personal issues.

You can listen to audio of Hunter’s interview below:

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Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder successfully pull off double steal (Video)

Miguel CabreraYou might have to wipe your eyes to actually believe what you see. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, two of the most imposing hitters in baseball, actually pulled off a double steal during the Detroit Tigers’ 9-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Sure, they got some help when catcher Carlos Santana dropped the ball on his exchange, but that was definitely unexpected. It was Prince’s first stolen base of the season and Miggy’s third. Cabrera probably would have been thrown out at third had Santana fielded the ball cleanly, but Prince probably would have had second stolen. Did you see the huge lead he got at first? Cabrera also went 4-for-4 with a home run in the loss. He leads all MLB hitters with a .368 average and 90 RBIs. And as you can see from the screenshot, he got a big kick out of the double steal.

Prince Fielder was out at home; Dan Iassogna made the right call

Umpire Dan Iassogna deserves credit for making the correct call on a difficult play to judge at home plate during Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday.

Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder was trying to score from first on a double down the left field line by Delmon Young in the second inning. Left fielder Gregor Blanco threw in to home as Prince Fielder was rounding third, and the relay throw in to catcher Buster Posey barely beat Fielder.

Fielder slid into home, which slowed down his momentum. As his body was dragging through the dirt to the plate, Posey used a sweep tag to get him on the behind. Though Fielder was upset with the call, and manager Jim Leyland came out to ask Iassogna about it, there is little doubt the correct call was made.

The next two Detroit batters made outs — Jhonny Peralta popped up to the infield, and Avisail Garcia struck out — so the game remained scoreless. What a great relay by the Giants, and what a great call by Iassogna.

Coco Crisp robs Prince Fielder (Video)

Coco Crisp robbed Prince Fielder in the second inning of Game 3 of the ALDS to help keep the Tigers off the board on Tuesday.

Crisp raced back and perfectly timed a jump at the wall in right center to rob Fielder of a potential extra-base hit.

The catch helped the A’s maintain their 1-0 lead. The play was redemption for Crisp, who committed a costly two-run error in a Game 2 loss on Sunday:

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Prince Fielder forgets to slide, gets tagged out in funny/sad video

Prince Fielder is an outstanding hitter, but baserunning isn’t exactly his forte. That truth was on display Saturday when Fielder hit a shot into the right field corner off Dan Haren during the Angels-Tigers game.

Prince seemed like he was worried about the throw from right field hitting him, so he didn’t remember to slide until it was too late. By the time he chose to get dirty, he had rolled past the bag and Erick Aybar was able to tag him out.

Fielder’s blunder actually cost the Tigers a run because Delmon Young followed with a double, but it didn’t matter because Detroit came back from a 3-0 deficit to win 5-3. And even though we’re picking on Prince for the embarrassing play, we want to point out that he’s actually somewhat fast and agile for his size. Oh yeah, he also crushed the ball to get into position to be thrown out at second. He’s still a baller.

Prince Fielder traded himself from Brewers to the Tigers in MLB 11 video game

You know what they say: You never know if you’re going to like your new life until you see it in a video game. Prince Fielder can appreciate that, which is why he had to make a little gaming adjustment when he signed his new $214 million contract with the Tigers a few weeks ago. According to MLive.com, Fielder recently traded himself from the Milwaukee to Detroit in MLB 11 The Show.

Some Detroit Tigers followers have said having Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder hitting back-to-back seems more like something from a video game than reality.

Fielder wanted an early glance at what it might be like, too. So he recently traded his virtual self from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Tigers.

“I just did that at home,” he said. “Me and my boys, we just traded me over. It’s MLB11, but I was on the Brewers, so we just had to make a trade.

Doesn’t this dude have his system hooked up to the internet? That’s what updating rosters is for. It’s one thing if he made a fair trade, but I’m guessing Prince turned on the “accept all trades” setting and shafted the Brew Crew.

As for the damage Fielder and Miguel Cabrera could do hitting back-to-back, video game numbers could very well be on the horizon. The only thing that might take more abuse than the opposing pitchers that have to face these two is the buffet spread in the locker room after the games — assuming there’s a vegan section.

Prince Fielder Prefers to Bat in Front of Miguel Cabrera in Tigers’ Lineup

No matter how they order it, the Detroit Tigers will have one of the best 3-4 lineup combinations in baseball. They already had Miguel Cabrera batting fourth last season behind Magglio Ordonez. Mags won’t be back, but they are replacing him with Prince Fielder.

During an interview with ESPN’s Karl Ravech Thursday, Prince said he’d prefer to bat in front of Miggy. He likely prefers to bat third because the guy hitting in front has the protection and generally sees better pitches.

Unfortunately for Prince, it does not look like he’ll get his preference. Tigers manager Jim Leyland already has a batting lineup in mind:

    1. Austin Jackson
    2. Brennan Boesch
    3. Miggy Cabrera
    4. Prince Fielder
    5. Delmon Young
    6. Alex Avila
    7. Jhonny Peralta
    8. Andy Dirks, Clete Thomas, or Don Kelly
    9. Ryan Rayburn

Outside of Cabrera and Prince, it’s not too intimidating, but they should have enough support to put up some good numbers. The thing that worries me about the rest of their lineup is that many of their guys had career seasons last year (Avila, Peralta, Boesch) and I’d be worried about a natural dropoff in production.