Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/16/13
It could be argued that Prince Fielder has been the best player in the majors the past two seasons. Last year, the burly first baseman batted cleanup and protected Miguel Cabrera in the Detroit Tigers lineup. In 2011, Fielder's final campaign with the Milwaukee Brewers and also batting fourth, he protected Ryan Braun. With Fielder's big bat in the on-deck circle, Cabrera and Braun would win MVP awards -- Cabrera taking it a step further by capturing the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski did so in 1967 for the Boston Red Sox. Last season, Fielder hit .313 with 30 homers and 108 RBI, supporting Cabrera's .330/44/139 Triple Crown performance. The final year with Milwaukee, Fielder hit .299 with 38 dingers and 120 RBI, protecting Braun's .332/33/111, and finished third in NL MVP voting. And talk about durable: Fielder played the max 162 regular-season games in each of those campaigns. He's only missed one game since the start of 2009 and played in all but 12 games from 2006 ...
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