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Prince Fielder: “You don’t have to have a perfect ending to be happy”

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Prince Fielder‘s career was cut short due to spinal injuries that posed serious risk to his health if he continued to play. That was unfortunate, but he’s made the most of the hand he was dealt. He’s spent his free tie being a house husband and father. He’s hosting a cooking show on Netflix and Hulu with his wife called “Fielder’s Choice.” He’s travelled extensively with his family. That’s the good stuff in life.

Today Evan Grant has a story about Fielder-in-retirement. He seems to be taking to it well mentally speaking as well:

“You don’t have to have a perfect ending to be happy,” you say. “Happy is what you make it . . . “Why should I not be happy? Because I’m not playing?” he said. “It sucks that happened, but things happen every day. It doesn’t mean you have to be sad for the rest of your life.”

He has a great attitude and seems content. Go read what the former six-time All-Star is up to.

A-Rod to join ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth

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Alex Rodriguez’s post-retirement renaissance continues apace. After starring as a studio host for Fox’s playoff coverage over the past couple of years, A-Rod is about to be named to, arguably, televised baseball’s top job: color commentary in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth.

Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News is hearing that ESPN is going to give the gig, vacated by Aaron Boone by virtue of his hiring by the Yankees, to Rodriguez. There he’ll join Jessica Mendoza and whoever they get to replace play-by-play man Dan Shulman, who chose to step back from the Sunday night job following last season. This, by the way, marks the second time A-Rod has taken over Aaron Boone’s job given that he replaced Boone at third base for the Yankees in 2004.

The twist: A-Rod is likely to keep his Fox postseason job too. While some broadcasters work for multiple networks, it’s pretty rare for Fox to allow its talents to work for competitors like that. Apparently they believe keeping A-Rod — who five years ago was one of the most despised figures in baseball — is worth it. What a difference a few years makes.

In other news, Alex Rodriguez is likely to be shunned mightily by the current crop of BBWAA voters when he hits the Hall of Fame ballot in a couple of years. At the rate he’s going, though, their successors will put him in Cooperstown via the Ford Frick Award sometime in the 2040s.