Prince Fielder to retire following second neck surgery
Texas Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder is reportedly retiring from baseball.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Fielder is planning to hold a press conference on Wednesday to announce the decision. The 32-year-old recently underwent spinal fusion surgery for a herniated disk in his neck. It was the second time Fielder had the surgery.
Fielder is scheduled to earn $24 million per year through 2020, though the Rangers say they are protected through an insurance policy. Fielder, of course, will still get all of the money he is owed.
Prior to his first spinal fusion surgery in 2014, Fielder missed just 13 games in eight seasons from 2006 through 2013.
Coincidentally, Fielder will finish his career with 319 home runs. That is exactly the same amount that his father, Cecil Fielder, had during his MLB career.