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.
Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.
Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.
The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.