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Prince Fielder officially released

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In a move that is more about paperwork than anything else, the Texas Rangers have officially released Prince Fielder.

Fielder’s career ended in August 2016 due to a chronic neck injury. Before it ended he played for 12 seasons, batting .283/.382/.506 with 319 home runs and 1,028 RBI in 1,611 games for the Brewers, Tigers and Rangers. The 33-year-old is still owed $72 million, with the Tigers covering $18 million of it.

Presumably the move is roster or insurance related. Either way, Fielder seems to be living a pretty happy life in retirement.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of five people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. The pilot, a teammate of Gianna’s, and the teammate’s parent were also killed in the tragic accident.

Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.