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Prince Fielder’s consecutive games streak will end at 547

May 17, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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Prince Fielder is not in Saturday night’s lineup for the Rangers, ending a streak in which he has played in 547 consecutive games. MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that Fielder has been diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck and will be sidelined for at least a couple of games. He’ll receive a nerve-blocking injection which could allow Fielder to get back into the lineup on Tuesday.

It’s just the latest in a long line of injury reports for the Rangers, who recently lost pitchers Martin Perez and Matt Harrison and have 13 players in total on the disabled list.

Fielder has had a hard time at the plate in his first season with the Rangers, slashing .247/.360/.360 in 178 plate appearances. Fielder said the herniated disk has been an issue that he has been dealing with even during his time with the Tigers last season.

The Rangers are expected to demote a reliever to clear up a roster spot and call up a position player, likely Daniel Robertson.

  1. mikhelb - May 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Though break for the Rangers, but I can only wonder how good they can be once they get most of their players back, though it could not happen until 2015.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 17, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    I hope it is not too serious. A herniated disk in the neck sounds potentially ominous to me.

  3. serbingood - May 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Having had two herniated cervical discs, it will not be too long before he sees a neurosurgeon to get it repaired. They usually don’t get better and the stresses of playing baseball can make it rupture with little effort.

    i feel for Fielder. Fortunately the recovery is fast – compared to a low back- and he could be on another 500+ game streak in no time.

    Hoping for the best Prince….

  4. wilmyers09 - May 17, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    the rangers pitchers need to learn how to stay healthy

  5. mybrunoblog - May 17, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Very impressive run for Fielder. Well done even considering all his recent troubles hitting. As for the neck injury the extra weight he carries on his frame cannot be helping. Hire a nutritionist and drop 50 pounds.

  6. bostonfrogs - May 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Even as a Tiger fan who sometimes questioned whether a day of rest would do Fielder some good, it was and is impossible to fault him for wanting to play every game in the midst of this era where a bad haircut is enough to land a guy on the DL. Sorry to see Fielder’s streak end, and as others have mentioned, hope the injury isn’t as ominous as it sounds.

  7. boogerhill - May 17, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Seriously?!?! Bet Ripken was shaking in his boots!

  8. kappy32 - May 17, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    When I hear about guys who have played as many consecutive games as Fielder has before tonight, it just reminds me how absolutely amazing Cal Ripken, Jr.’s streak of 2,632 consecutive games actually is. I am a 30 year old man & I am 100% convinced that neither Ripken’s streak nor Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak will be broken in my lifetime. In my opinion, those two records are the hardest records to accomplish in all of sports. I mean you look at Fielder playing as many games as he did, yet his consecutive games number is only 20% of Ripken’s. Additionally, you look at the hitting streak Nolan Arenado put together – 28 games – yet it was only 50% of DiMaggio’s. Playing in 547 straight games, as Fielder did, and getting a hit in 28 straight games, as Arenado did, are both very impressive in of themselves. It just goes to show how Ripken’s & DiMaggio’s records are just in a completely different universe. The only issue that is up for debate is which record of the two is more prestigious & harder to beat. As mentioned, Cal Ripken, Jr. holds the record for most consecutive games played with an astounding 2,632. Lou Gehrig is #2 with 2,130 games, and Everett Scott is #3 with 1,307 games, less than half of Ripken’s total. Putting Ripken’s total into perspective, Lou Gehrig is 502 games behind him, more than 3 full seasons worth of games player. Moving on to the hit streak record, as mentioned above Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio holds the record of 56 straight games with a hit, Willie Keeler is #2 with 45 games, and Pete Rose is #3 with 44 consecutive games with a hit. What is amazing is that DiMaggio is the ONLY player in MLB history to have a hitting streak break 50 games. The second best hit streak in MLB history is more than 10 games less than Joe D’s. It is absolutely amazing.

    To be quite honest, I don’t know which record would be harder to break. I feel that both records are untouchable & the fact that the #2 guys are so far behind the record holders lends credence to the notion that neither streak will ever be beaten. As a matter of fact, I don’t feel that either streak will ever be under any jeopardy of being broken. Both streaks required quite a bit of luck. At 30 years old, I am far too young to have ever watched Joe D play ball. However, I would pretty much guarantee you that DiMaggio had a game or two where he got his lone hit in his last at bat of the game, and/or in a game where he had only 1 hit where that hit was a bloop, a seeing-eye single, or a close infield single. Ripken’s streak had some luck as well, and I am young enough to remember watching him & watching Cal move ahead of Gehrig. The fact that Ripken never suffered a pulled hammy or pulled groin that required him to take a day or two off is either sheer luck, a testament to his great training & conditioning, or evidence of how tough he was to play through these bumps & bruises. I do remember a couple times where the streak was in jeopardy because Ripken got injured or was sick, yet he fought through it & played like a warrior. In baseball today, players are constantly taking days off or visiting the DL for minor things like a hanging toenail, vaginitis, or my favorite, the old “viral disease.” Just look at the Rockies’ Catcher, Willin Rosario, who has been on the DL for over 2 weeks now thanks to a “virus.” Really? There is no toughness in baseball anymore.

    It really is a close call between the two records. If someone was holding a gun to my head, forcing me to pick just one, I would have to go with Cal Ripken, Jr.’s consecutive games played streak. The reason for my decision is that Ripken’s streak lasted much longer than did DiMaggio’s & Ripken’s streak was much more beneficial to his team in a game that is all about team, not one player. Heading to the ballpark, day in, day out, knowing that a guy like Ripken is going to be out there no matter what makes managing & putting together a team much easier than having to deal with a player who is missing 15-20 games per year due to injury. Ripken wasn’t just a normal player either; he was a hall of fame superstar who gave his team a better chance to win every time he was on the field. The final determining factor, however, is the fact that the #2 guy is 500-plus games behind him, more than THREE FULL SEASONS worth of games. This decision isn’t meant to take anything away from Joe D & his hitting streak; that record will never be broken. This decision is more of a nod to Ripken & just how amazing & untouchable his Ironman Streak was.

    I would love to hear some input & opinions of other readers as to which record they would pick as more prestigious & harder to break….

    • sportsfan18 - May 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Whenever they talk of records that can never be broken, they always miss the one that won’t ever be broken.

      Cy Young completed 749 games in his career.

      Pitchers today are lucky to complete a handful of games in a season now.

      The reigning Cy Young award winner in the American League, Max Scherzer has started 174 games in his career and has ZERO complete games in his career. He has not completed even ONE game yet in his career.

      One may add up all the complete games from Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez and still not come close to Cy Young’s total.

      Put it this way, if a pitcher were to made 35 starts a season for 21 CONSECUTIVE seasons and COMPLETE EACH and EVERY ONE of those games, they would still NOT have the career total of complete games that Cy Young did.

      Imagine throwing a complete game every game a pitcher pitches for 21 consecutive years… and even then, they would still NOT be at Young’s career total.

      This is a record that won’t be surpassed.

  9. holographicribs - May 18, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    tl,dr

  10. echech88 - May 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Prince has looked like he needs a day off for about 2 full years now. Probably will do him some good because he is looking like a disaster of a trade for the Rangers right now.

  11. irishmanknowsall - May 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Darn it. 2100 more and he woulda caught Ripken.

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