The 2016 Major League Baseball “retirement” class has just got a little bigger. Texas Rangers designated hitter, Prince Fielder may be seeing his career come to an end.
Fielder recently underwent a second major neck surgery. It was originally said that he would be out at least the remainder of the 2016 season. Now, it seems that this surgery will have a career ending effect on Fielder.
The Rangers are expected to hold a press conference on Wednesday to announce that Fielder is retiring because of being medically disabled, Ken Rosenthal has reported.
It has also been reported that the Rangers will get a little help with Fielder’s salary. Some will be coming from the Detroit Tigers, while other will be coming from insurance. They still will be responsible for around $9 million.
This season Fielder is hitting .212 avg. with eight home runs in 89 games. Over his career he has won the Home Run Derby twice in five appearances. His career batting average is .283 with 1,028 RBI. He has been on the All-Star team six times and is a three-time Silver Slugger winner. His 319 home runs is the same number his father Cecil had when he left the game.
The press conference is scheduled for Wednesday at Globe Life Park.