Prince Fielder and Matt Kemp were baseball’s only iron men

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Not only did Prince Fielder have another monster season for the Brewers, ranking among the MLB leaders in nearly every key offensive category, the 27-year-old first baseman is the only player in baseball to be in the lineup for all 162 games. Matt Kemp also missed zero games, but the Dodgers only played 161.

Along with Kemp four other players (Dan Uggla, Ichiro Suzuki, Joey Votto, Miguel Cabrera) played 161 games this year.

Fielder also played every game in 2009 and missed just one game last season despite coming down with a nasty flu in September. And since becoming an everyday player in 2006 as a 22-year-old rookie Fielder has played 959 of a possible 972 games for the Brewers, which is the most in all of baseball during that six-season span. Kemp, meanwhile, has the longest active streak of consecutive games played.

He may not look like the epitome of health, but when it comes to being in the lineup every day Fielder has been MLB’s iron man.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.