Prince Fielder: “I can’t play Major League Baseball anymore”

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Prince Fielder, walking away from the game due to medical necessity after a 12-year career, gave an emotional press conference in Arlington, Texas today, bidding his playing days adieu.

With his children by his side and the entire Texas Rangers team in attendance, Fielder offered tearful words about how his wife and family are there for him as support, Fielder said what no ballplayer every wants to say: “I can’t play Major League Baseball anymore.”

Fielder, who wore a neck brace during the presser due to his recent surgery, said that his kids wouldn’t allow him to be upset. But there was no avoiding the powerful emotion he was feeling as he said goodbye to his life as a major league ballplayer. He said “I don’t feel any less about myself,” and he thanked his sons, sitting to his left, for always making him feel like he was “the best.” He then thanked his agent, Scott Boras, sitting to his right, for being there for him since he was 19 or 20 years-old, joking that “getting contracts . . . that helps too.”

Fielder said “I thought I was just gonna cry in the car,” but the tears flowed. Watch:

After Fielder spoke Rangers manager Jeff Banister said, “he’s our teammate. He’s as important to our organization than the guys that are on the field right now.”

Fielder was a unique player and a unique presence in Major League Baseball. His presence will be missed.

Video: Pete Alonso hits home run no. 50

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Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.

It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.

Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.