Originally posted on Big League Stew  |  Last updated 1/26/12
When the Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a hefty $214 million contract Tuesday and added him to a lineup that already featured Miguel Cabrera, they also drew attention to the girth of those two players. Multiple sources list Fielder at 275 pounds, and we'll take them at their word. Cabrera, who at 6-foot-4 stands about five inches taller than Fielder, estimated in spring training that he weighed 270. Math tells us that's 545 pounds between the two Tigers who will comprise manager Jim Leyland's infield corners (on occasion) in 2012. That's heavy stuff. Not counting the pitcher and catcher, all of the Tigers infielders on the field for the last out of the 1984 World Series collectively weigh only 130 pounds more than Fielder and Cabrera combined. Let's look at the numbers, as obtained at Baseball-Reference: 1B — Dave Bergman: 185. 2B — Lou Whitaker: 160. SS — Alan Trammell: 165. 3B — Tom Brookens: 165. Total: ........... 675 pounds. Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star pointed...
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