There is no denying his worth. Fielder has averaged 40 homeruns and 113 RBIs over the last five seasons in what can safely be called the "post-steroid" era. He's the real deal, hitting those mamoth homeruns because he's just a big, strong guy with a strong baseball pedigree. He is, of course, the son of another tremendous slugger, Cecil Fielder.
Which brings us back to one of the reasons why Fielder is seen as a risky clubhouse fixture. I don't pretend or want to presume why Prince has shut Cecil out of his life. There have been some reports that Prince and Cecil had some disagreements over money early in his career. Whatever the case may be, Prince now has more money than he could ever spend, making whatever happened years ago between them meaningless today. What I do know is that Cecil worked hard with Prince to assist in his development as a ballplayer throughout his childhood. He brought Prince into the big league lockerrooms and fields and treated him like most fathers would with their sons. At a minimum, Prince should give his father a break and work on a reconciliation.
Okay, that's personal stuff. Maybe it's none of my business.
Professionally, how about the way he behaved while Milwaukee was in the thick of the pennant race? Would a "team player," on September 15th, tell his fans, "I'm signed for this year, but being real about it, this is probably my last year with the Brewers."
Let's be real then. It's all about Prince.
My advice to Prince is this. Be careful what you wish for. You are beloved in Milwaukee as a homegrown guy. Going to another city less forgiving than Milwaukee may not be as kind.