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Prince Fielders relationship with his father, Cecil, might be strained beyond the breaking point, but the two men have followed a similar path in baseball.
Its a money trail -- from Tigers owner Mike Ilitchs checkbook to their bank vaults.
The Fielders are big men who hit big home runs and signed mega-million contracts with the Tigers.
It was Princes turn on Tuesday. He stunned the baseball world by signing a 9-year, 214-million deal with the Tigers, who had never been mentioned as serious bidders for Prince when he hit the free-agent market after seven seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.
In 1993, Cecil Fielder set the salary standard going into his fourth season with the Tigers by signing a five-year, 36-million deal. That made Cecil baseballs highest-paid player for the last three seasons of the contract, when his base salary was 9,237,500 for each season.
Inflation and the upward spiral of contracts have combined to put Prince in an income level that dwarfs what his dad sign...
BEST OF MAXIM
Since the beginning of time, or so it seems, the American League has clearly favored power hitters, while the pitching has been better in the National League.
The designated hitter enables aging power hitters the chance to prolong their career. Baseball purists like myself find it frustrating that out of shape hacks have the ability to make millions a year just taking...
Whoa, boy. Detroit signed Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million deal, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. That’s two years and $54 million than WaPo’s Adam Kilgore speculated he’s worth. So, good.
All the best to Prince in Detroit, where his pop used to play, which is weird.
Previously: Our Prince Fielder Roundtable
A person familiar with the negotiations says Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers are nearing agreement on a nine-year contract worth about $200 million. CBS first reported the terms of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because talks are ongoing. The person says "there are still some things that need to be worked out."...
Free agent first baseman Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers agreed Tuesday on a nine-year, $214 million contract that fills the AL Central champions' need for a power hitter, a person familiar with the deal said. (Jan. 24)
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Saying "dreams come true," Prince Fielder was introduced Thursday by the Detroit Tigers.
The Eagle has landed. The last of the “big” Mohicans, Prince Fielder, has finally agreed to a mega-deal and now has a new home in Motor City… Rah, rah, or better yet, vroom, vroom…
So now that the dust has settled, here is an interesting question first posed by Mets historian and ESPN New York statistician Mark Simon who asked via Twitter:
Lets look at all three deals up...