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Prince Fielder and Matt Kemp were baseball’s only iron men

Sep 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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Not only did Prince Fielder have another monster season for the Brewers, ranking among the MLB leaders in nearly every key offensive category, the 27-year-old first baseman is the only player in baseball to be in the lineup for all 162 games. Matt Kemp also missed zero games, but the Dodgers only played 161.

Along with Kemp four other players (Dan Uggla, Ichiro Suzuki, Joey Votto, Miguel Cabrera) played 161 games this year.

Fielder also played every game in 2009 and missed just one game last season despite coming down with a nasty flu in September. And since becoming an everyday player in 2006 as a 22-year-old rookie Fielder has played 959 of a possible 972 games for the Brewers, which is the most in all of baseball during that six-season span. Kemp, meanwhile, has the longest active streak of consecutive games played.

He may not look like the epitome of health, but when it comes to being in the lineup every day Fielder has been MLB’s iron man.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Sep 29, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    …is that Scott Boras posing as Gleeman?!

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:03 PM

      Yeah really. Hahaha!

  2. cur68 - Sep 29, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Big fella would look great in Blue Jays uniform, eh? Like The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, great.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_hfIz_X9WDTY/TKvdjS04PpI/AAAAAAAACbU/tqomnwWH8Jw/s800/stay_puft_bobblehead_L.jpg

  3. jonweisman - Sep 29, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    The Dodgers played only 161 games this year. Kemp not only played in all of them, he has the longest active consecutive game streak in MLB.

  4. andrebeingandre16 - Sep 29, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    to be fair kemp only had a chance to play in 161 since one game was cancelled. he also holds the active consecutive game streak right now.

  5. cozmokramertheassman - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Give Kemp the chance to play in his 162nd game and he will join the soriano as the only clean member of the 40/40 club

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      1. How do you know Soriano was clean?

      2. Most everyone is in agreement that Bonds didnt’ start using steroids until after 1998, thus making his 1996 season “clean”

      3. A-rod *claims* he used roids after he signed with Texas in 02′, if true, it would mean his 40-40 season was clean.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:03 PM

        What he said!

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