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Prince Fielder will undergo season-ending neck surgery

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The Prince has left the building.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said on Monday that slugger Prince Fielder needs surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and is out for the remainder of the 2016 season, per Bill Jones of CBS Dallas/Fort Worth.

The 32-year-old Fielder closes the year on a .212/.292/.334 slash line with eight home runs and 44 RBIs. His ongoing neck problems have become a serious concern, especially since his 2014 campaign ended in virtually the same fashion. After three consecutive seasons of appearing in all 162 games, Fielder has now averaged just 96 games played in the three seasons since.

Though the Rangers have raced out to the AL West division lead despite receiving inadequate production from the six-time All-Star, they will certainly miss Fielder’s glass-shattering dingers and his baserunning blunders.

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