Texas Rangers’ Prince Fielder’s Career Likely Over After Second Neck Surgery

Prince Fielder’s career appears to be over. (Getty Images/Elsa)
Prince Fielder’s career appears to be over. (Getty Images/Elsa)

It might be the end of the road for Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder. The Rangers have announced a press conference Wednesday where Fielder is expected to announce that his career is over, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. That report has been confirmed by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

Fielder underwent his second neck surgery in three years July 29, and that appears to be the reason for his abrupt announcement. If the reports are true, Fielder would walk away from the game at just 32 years old.

Fielder is not technically retiring, but his doctors will not clear him to play baseball.

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It’s an incredible sad development for anyone who got to see Fielder in his prime. From 2006 to 2013, Fielder was one of the best hitters in baseball. Over those eight seasons, he hit .286/.390/.528, with 283 home runs.

While Fielder was known for his prolific power, it’s important to note that he was one of the best all-around hitters in the game. His 141 wRC+, an advanced stat that measures offensive performance, ranked ninth among all players.

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports – Chris Cwik