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Torii Hunter: You don’t know what’s really going on with Prince Fielder

Aug 13, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

Prince Fielder AP

Torii Hunter thinks everyone needs to back off Prince Fielder, even though the first baseman isn’t putting up his usual numbers this year. Speaking on the “Ryan and Rico” show on Detroit’s 105.1 FM on Tuesday, Hunter indicated that Fielder is dealing with issues off the field.

MLive.com’s James Schmehl posted a link to the audio:

“Prince is a strong guy, man. A lot of people don’t know what’s going on in his life.” Hunter said. “He’s out there every day, won’t come out of the lineup, no matter what’s going on off the field or on the field. … Us as players, we know what’s really going on. And we appreciate him going out there every day, despite…”

He trailed off from there.

Fielder is hitting .261/.352/.432 with 17 homers and 81 RBI this year. The RBI total is fine, but his OPS is down 156 points from his first year in Detroit. His career worst OPS was an .831 mark from his rookie season in 2006. Right now, he’s at .784.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I can understand and appreciate dedication….but at the same time, isn’t it also selfish to go out there and stink instead of taking yourself out, dealing with whatever the issue is, and then coming back clear-headed?

    Even if it’s a drawn out situation at home, at least take a few days to put things in whatever order you can and come back less stressed.

    • thomas844 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      It’s not selfish for him to keep playing because a struggling Prince Fielder is still more productive than many first basemen in the league

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        That’s fair enough, and even though this topic is what spurred the thought it wasn’t necessarily directed at solely Prince Fielder.

        We see this happen a lot. Look at Josh Hamilton and his struggle to quit tobacco.

        Or ask most Red Sox fans how they feel about Troy O’Leary.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      Honey, I have never booed you before, but this brings us to the end of that perfection.

      Boooo!!!!!

      /throws hard candy

      He doesn’t stink — he’s just not his usual bad ass self. As already noted, he’s still better than a lot out there.

      Prince, you deal with what you have to, big man. Thank god he’s not hurt, apparently.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        I happen to LIKE hard candy. Thank you very much.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        You blockhead.

      • blacksables - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        Is there any more room on the bandwagon?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        My guess is marital issues.

      • Gamera the Brave - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        (in hushed tones)
        Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight the part of Lucy Van Pelt will be played by historiophiliac…

      • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Thank dog somebody got it.

      • Gamera the Brave - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        Dog knows I try…
        I’m cheating in a way – grew up and live in Charles Schulz Ground Zero-ville…

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        May I presume that calling everyone ‘honey’ and ‘/pouts’ and being so cutesy/flirty are all part of your ongoing efforts to be ‘one of the guys’?

        It’s truly astounding how you manage to scrub any vestige of traditional gender role from your comments.

        #havebreadpuddingandeatit2

      • skids003 - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        Look out historio, you have incurred the wrath of unclemoses.

      • Gamera the Brave - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Moses,
        Who peed in your Wheaties this morning?
        Let historio be historio…

    • hojo20 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Yes, if I had a problem at home, I would be expected to be just as productive at the office, or else I’d be disciplined.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        But consider being sick, and going into the office and lacking your usual production AND affecting the production of others.

        And most places, at least the ones I know of, will work with you when you are dealing with personal issues. Unless you work for a giant corporation where humanity is stripped out at all levels. And even there you still usually have “personal time.”

      • deep64blue - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        “Yes, if I had a problem at home, I would be expected to be just as productive at the office, or else I’d be disciplined.”

        You need to get a better employer , it’s 2013 for goodness sake not the 19th Century!

      • ezthinking - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        hojo20,

        Obviously you don’t have and haven’t had any love in your life. And I’m not talking about making the pick-off move at 2 am from the bar, rather real love.

        Baseball is played between the ears. If it’s off, it’s off. If this was a plainly physical game, Micheal Jordan, Hulk Hogan, and Lebron James would or would have dominated the league.

      • km9000 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:38 AM

        Wrestling fans would probably take issue with Hogan being cited as an example… dude!

    • Kevin Gillman - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Detroit is a first place team that quite frankly is the best team in baseball, and has a very good chance at winning the World Series. YET people are bitching about Prince Fielder’s contribution? Really? Just enjoy the run you’re on, because I’d take Prince and those numbers on my Cleveland Indians team anytime.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      Ridiculous. So you don’t know for sure if or what the problem is, but you have it solved and somehow manage to cast Fielder as ‘selfish’ for honoring his contract and respecting his fans and teammates by playing as much and as hard as he can?!

      Just an utter and complete fail.

  2. banger60 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    ???????????

  3. rbj1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    His dad Cecil bothering him again?

  4. mtheparrothead - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Prince is a beast. Hot thru this “cold streak” and he’ll be just fine. He’ll be just fine

  5. rick2248 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    To bad most of have things in our life going on and our bosses don’t care you have to do your job everyday or else your out the door.

  6. maritime85 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    all well and good in a job that doesn’t include head to head competition, but if something is going on outside of work that is effecting work performance…..go the f home

    • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Stick a sock in it. They aren’t machines — and probably the majority of them are dealing with one thing or another at any given time. It’s life. And, it does not conveniently schedule itself around baseball. This is part of the game — dealing with the stuff off the field and in your head as you play to the best of your ability. If it’s a long term issue, it isn’t feasible to take time off. Some things you have to juggle along with everything else.

      • Gamera the Brave - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        And ballplayers have to deal with a lot of stuff we desk jockeys don’t – constant traveling, groupies, being away from family for weeks at a time, groupies, temptation in the form of spending all your time with hyper, generally competitive men in their twenties…

        And, of course, groupies…

      • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Oh, honey, I’m sure there’s lots of girls who really like the way you…ride the cubical…or something.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        *cubicle

        Dammit!

      • Gamera the Brave - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        Er – thanks… (Insert winky-face emoticon here).

        But there really IS no way to make my cubicular work existence sound even remotely cool…

        I have to settle for pithy, mainly puerile commentary at HBT…
        ‘sall good…

      • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        That’s hott.

      • skids003 - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Cubicle groupies?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        wtf with a fake historio – you know that’s not me right

  7. yahmule - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I guess Hunter’s heart is in the right place, but Prince might not be thrilled with his comment for any number of reasons.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Agreed. Correct answer? Hot tamales!

  8. ctony1216 - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I bet Miguel Cabrera appreciates having Prince Fielder in the lineup everyday. Cabrera, by the way, can barely run, and he’s playing everyday too. A couple of BMFs.

  9. lew24 - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    “He trailed off from there.” Yep..that sounds like Torii!

  10. thebadguyswon - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Fat asses do not age well. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell.

  11. 13arod - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Has anybody else notied he isnt hitting that many homeruns anymore

    • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      No, really?

  12. rcali - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Well, it certainly answers a lot of questions. Best of luck to him.

  13. patfic15 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    How about losing some damn weight?

  14. chris1019 - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    His home runs are down, that’s what the article is really about and seems to try to avoid with OPS numbers. His HR’s are down and it’s not as show-ey so let’s write an article that looks at his numbers but doesn’t focus on HR’s because that’s what n00b baseball fans like. OPS is much more ambiguous and professional sounding. We’ll go with that

  15. blingslade - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Okay, lemme see. The MLB is coming down harder and harder on roid boys and all a sudden, out of the blue, their home run numbers drop.

    Pujols, check.
    Hamilton, check
    A-Fraud, check
    Prince, check.

  16. blingslade - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    Yeah, he can’t hit home runs anymore because of his personal life. How about lack of PED love lol!

  17. mgavin78 - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Boo freaking hoo. You are paid, now do your job. My boss don’t give a crap what’s going on with me at home or should we call it off the field.

  18. pack93z - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    As a Brewer fan… and especially a Fielder fan, that dedication or the “want” to play attitude is one of the core strength’s this man has. Whatever is going on off the field, which has happened before, is for the man to deal with, Is it selfish? Not if he is the best option for the club, a club that is in a pennant and home field race, how can one consider that selfish?

    Personally, having seen his work ethic in brew town and his staunch dedication to his team and teammates, I think it actually very unselfish.

    To be fair though, I also think the game is a grounding aspect to his life.

  19. chunkala - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Question: What’s wrong with Prince Fielder?
    Answer: Like many others before him, he’s experiencing a drop in numbers due to facing much better competition. Some other examples of players switching to/from NL/AAAA to AL include Choo, Pujols, Dickey, etc. Harder to dominate in AL than AAAA. He’ll dominate again once he leaves AL.

    • neoshweaty - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Which would be an explanation if he hadn’t put up huge numbers last year (313/412/528) in the AL.

    • pack93z - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Wait… is the NL not 4 of the last 5 World champs?

      I will buy into that slightly for a pitchers.. but a hitter.. not so much.

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