So if you thought a new team would change the ways of Prince Fielder you may be mistaken.
Yes I know it’s early but Fielder is nonetheless picking up right where he left off with Detroit last year in the ALCS, this time though with his new team in Texas.
Last Friday the Rangers got bombed 8-1 on the road by Tampa Bay but have started the season at 3-2 avoiding the weekend sweep of the Rays with a 3-0 win Sunday. But in terms of that Friday night game the Rangers had their chances according to CBS Sports’ Mike Axisa to get themselves back into the game. For instance Axisa writes that in the fourth inning down 4-0 with two men on, one out and a golden opportunity to get themselves back into the game Texas’ Prince Fielder had yet another base running blunder that will leave Tigers’ fans with a very squeamish feeling in their stomachs.
The play itself caught the ire of Rangers manager Ron Washington as well (via Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News):
“Prince just blew it,” Washington said. “(Third base coach Gary Pettis) was winding, but Prince went back to the bag. … It’s a different situation with runners on second and third with one out and a run in instead runners on second and third with two. You never know what would have happened. We might have only scored that one run right there, but I would have like to have seen what would have happened.”
Meanwhile Fielder said that he “didn’t get a good jump and I didn’t pick up Gary in time”.
Now you can argue as to whether or not Washington should have buried Fielder in the media. Sure it may not have been the best move especially since it’s still very early in the season. Then again based off what happened last season you can’t help but be critical of Fielder who more or less managed to talk his way out of Detroit and while sporting a very pedestrian .167 batting average and meager .439 OPS to start the 2014 campaign.
But hey, he’s got kids… And the rest of a 214 million contract that he still has to collect.
Waste of time? It still looks like it. Waste of money? Absolutely. Especially when Mr. Fielder still appears to have zero heart.
h/t: CBS Sports