Prince Fielder is no stranger to Detroit. He grew up in the area while his dad, Cecil Fielder, played with the Detroit Tigers from 1990- 1996.
On Tuesday, the Tigers signed a nine-year, $214 million contract with first baseman Prince Fielder.
Local 4's Bernie Smilovitz spoke with Cecil Fielder shortly after the deal was announced. The elder Fielder said,
"I didn’t even see Detroit in the picture. I didn’t even see that happening you know. The number one thing is that I’m just happy for him. I think everybody was a little anxious for him to get signed. Everybody was waiting for Prince to go off the board. I know he’s happy so, hey, that’s the most important thing."
Several other teams had showed interest including the Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.
Fielder has spent the past six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. He batted .299 including 38 homeruns and 120 RBIs with Milwaukee in 2011.
His career batting average is .282. The 27-year-old was drafted by Milwaukee as the 7th pick in the 1st round of the 2002 amateur draft.
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