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Prince Fielder is going through a divorce

Aug 15, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

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Prince Fielder is having an off year. The other day teammate Torii Hunter came to his defense in a radio interview saying:

“A lot of people don’t know what’s going on in his life … 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…”

That apparently made some reporters go looking for what might be going on off the field for Fielder. Some of them found it. From the Detroit Free Press:

A day after he declared that “everything’s fine,” news broke that Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder filed to end his marriage in May. According to court records in Orange County, Fla., Fielder filed a dissolution-of-marriage case on May 28, asking a judge to end his marriage to Chanel Fielder.

Wow, thanks for the tip, Torii. I’m sure Fielder really appreciates that.

But yeah, divorce sucks, and it’s understandable if it has shaken Fielder’s focus at times this season.

  1. zzalapski - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Torii’s mouth has always ran a little bit looser than normal, for good or ill.

    • mybrunoblog - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Yes Hunter has a a big mouth but in fairness to him most divorcee proceedings are public record so it was only a matter of time before this issue became public knowledge. I’d bet my next paycheck that most of the Detroit beat writers and people around the team knew about this but chose not to report it as it is not baseball news.

  2. Bob Loblaw - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Just goes to show the human side of baseball and its effect on a player that simply can’t be quantified on an Excel spreadsheet.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Don’t worry, divorces will be a part of WAR before you know it!

      • ptfu - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        Wives Above Replacement?

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        PTFU: That will be an official reason for divorce before you know it!

        Husband: *asks wife into home office and for her to have a seat* Babe, this is tough but over the last few years we have seen a drastic drop in your WAR. You’re just not going late into the count with the kids and their tantrums. You’re not as fast with the meals as you used to be. All in all, we have to go our separate ways.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Wives above replacement??

        Genius. Love it.

    • paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      How so? If divorce is the reason for Fielder’s drop in production, then it can be quantified perfectly well. Quantification is not the same as prediction.

      Personally, I doubt it is having that big of an effect. Fielder has always had a lot of variation in his production and he’s getting to an age and size at which some decline is expected.

      • brazcubas - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Not really, the best you could do is compare his drop to what would be expected due to aging and assume that any difference is all because of the divorce.

        It would be nearly impossible to actually determine whether it’s because of the divorce, an undiagnosed wheat allergy, or dessert-induced existential angst.

      • badintent - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:25 AM

        He already went through a divorce. His relationship with his Dad over $$$. Fielder, king of Drama.

    • Glenn - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      @ Bob – your anti-stat comment isn’t enlightening. Stats can’t predict effects of lingering injuries, a hidden substance abuse problem, or any other “off-the-grid” circumstance and doesn’t claim to be able to. I don’t think that diminishes the value of sabermetrics in anyway. It is also theoretically possible that Fielder’s off year has nothing at all to do with his marriage problems. Correlation is not necessarily causation.

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        Theoretically, this could also occur…

        According to the Law of Infinite Probability, one day this should occur

      • HitsDingers - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        In the infamous words of Rick James, as quoted by Charlie Murphy, “I wish I had more hands”.
        Thank you, Mr. Loblaw. You should post that to your law blog.

    • Gamera the Brave - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      “Just goes to show the human side of baseball and its effect on a player that simply can’t be quantified on an Excel spreadsheet.”

      True – an issue this complicated requires a relation(al) database.

    • philsasophical - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      is this the same bob loblaw from goingconcern?

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        No, I guess whoever that is has the same impeccable taste in television that I have.

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I am not surprised. After I saw Hunter’s comment, I immediately thought of marital problems.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      I figured it was more issues with Fielder’s father. Not sure if this news is any better though 😦

  4. jasondprice - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Torii Hunter: uncomfortable around potential gay teammate, comfortable telling reporters teammates personal details

    • badintent - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      Rule number 1.” What you hear in here, see in here, stays in here.” Pro locker room. Torii has a problem comprehending that for many years.

  5. modellforprez - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Zarley Zalapski = ZZalapski what a awesome name!! Who is Prince fieldy? is he related to Cecil?!

  6. flyman779 - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Remenber John Lackey ? in hockey Daniel Brière just a few example but the millions they make won’t save them from real life problems,

    • paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Lackey’s personal life may have contributed….but he was also pitching with a shredded elbow, after looking at his elbow and asking him when the pain started, it was apparent that he pitched much of 2011 with a torn UCL.

  7. blackandbluedivision - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Wow, thanks for the tip, Torii. I’m sure Fielder really appreciates that.


    OMFG. Why is it always someone else’s fault when the Media goes digging through someone’s personal life…and then chooses to blast it for all who will listen?

    Take some personal responsibility dang.

    It’s not Torii’s fault. I’m sure somebody would have found out eventually.

    Or Prince would have let it be known himself as the media badgers him for having a down year.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Well the fact that no one had heard tell of it by now means that that Torii really did fuck up. This has been going on since at least May, which means the problems started before then. Prince Fielder has done well to keep this out of the news and then several days after Mr. Hunter over there opened his infamously big mouth everyone knows about it.

      Torii is completely in the wrong here. He had no reason to say this in the media, this wasn’t his dirty laundry to air, or even to allude to. If Prince wanted people to know he would have said something about it

      • ryanrockzzz - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        If he says- “Prince is going through a divorce, it’s a tough time for him,” that is a lot different than ” A lot of people don’t know what’s going on his life.”

        How is this Hunter’s fault? He was being as general as possible, and trying to stick up for his teammate. If the media finds it, then that’s on them. But I fail to see how that comment made Hunter a bad person, more just someone who didn’t think it through.

      • hammyofdoom - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        It’s his fault because he gave the media a bone. The media had zero reason to look into what was going on with Fielder, but when you say “Somethin’s going on… I’m not saying what, but he’s going through some shit” then media-types are going to freak. They had no idea there was a story to be had, but once they caught wind something might come up then it became a race, kinda like the “Find out what’s going wrong in Prince Fielder’s Personal Life 500”, with the 1st place prize being the headline and Fielder’s divorce becoming public knowledge

      • blackandbluedivision - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        So if a person is going through something tough in his life..and he only tells his teammates. Isn’t that a clue that you should just leave it alone?

        He didn’t tell the media to go dig through his personal life and find out what the problem was.

        Especially when they aren’t going to help.

        He said no one knows what he’s going through on and off the field. Plenty of people go through stuff off the field. That doesn’t give you the greenlight to go prying.

        When has ANYTHING good ever come from a personal secret coming to light.

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Yet another example of the Media playing gossip mongers. It’s no one’s damn business. Yea, Torii screwed up in an attempt to defend his friend, but that doesn’t give the “media” the right to start snooping through people’s trash, then jump and down announcing it to the rest of the world. He’s a baseball player. His personal life is no one’s damn business.

    • cggarb - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Well, the theory — AS OFFERED BY TORII HUNTER — is that Feilder’s personal life is affecting his play on the base ball field.

  9. mathieug79 - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Can you imagine the twist in this story if Prince’s wife would have cheated on him with…….Torii Hunter

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      “Prince has some stuff goin’ on man and it’s really affecting him. Trust me, I was there… I mean I was all up in the situation you could say”

  10. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    As the old line goes, why is divorce so expensive? Because its worth it.

  11. deathmonkey41 - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Another reason Derek Jeter should be praised. He’s not stupid enough to get married- at least while he’s still playing.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      I can’t even imagine being married while having the schedule of a pro ball player. Can you imagine?? Over 80 days on the road, you’re at home a max of 10 days in a row (and that’s very infrequent), you spend most of your time in the off season working out… It’s why I’m not surprised to see players retire earlier than expected with family being their reason.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Not to mention the harem of women that are waiting to sleep with you in every city you’re in.

  12. chill1184 - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Bah thats nothing, Marty Brodeur’s wife served him divorce papers right in the middle of the NHL playoffs.

    However in all seriousness, it wouldn’t surprise me if that situation isnt allowing him to be 100% focused on the field.

    • kevinbnyc - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Marty Brodeur was also banging his wife’s sister.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM


      • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        That’s a classy sister.

  13. mvp43 - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    She never wanted to leave Milwaukee………….

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      Or the buffet table

  14. anxovies - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Don’t worry, Prince. Divorces are like murder, after the first one the next ones get easier.

  15. 0fahrvergnugen - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    There are no i’s in team because Torii stole them all.

  16. yahmule - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    It is basic common sense that problems at home can cause problems at work. Anybody who disputes that just wants to hear themselves argue. The problem is Torii should know better than to air my man’s laundry for everybody to see.

  17. kennyadler1 - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    This is pretty sad altogether…I am sure this is hitting Prince even more because of the well-documented problems with his father. They all stemmed from his father divorcing his mother and Prince resenting that from a young age. It was known that Prince wanted to be a married father for his kids so they wouldn’t have to struggle with this family turmoil like he did….hopefully they can rectify it if possible and if rectifying would be the best situation for all parties involved.

  18. Minoring In Baseball - Aug 16, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Yes, divorce does suck, and I wish him the best. Especially with the kids involved, it’s bound to have an emotional/mental effect on him, as it would anyone.

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