Though somewhat overshadowed by, and perhaps partially due to Miguel Cabrera’s triple crown heroics, 2012 was arguably Prince Fielder’s best offensive season since coming to the majors. It was his first as a Tiger.
While soft-spoken and shy in interviews, Fielder did his talking with his bat. He batted .313, hit 30 homers and drove in 108 runs in his first campaign as a Tiger.
When he came to Detroit from the National League I, and I assume many other Tiger’s fans, knew he had a big bat like his dad, former Tiger Cecil Fielder, but not really a lot else. What we soon found out was that he played the game as hard as anyone.
Fielder was routinely seen running to pop ups he didn’t have a chance of getting to, but running hard nonetheless. The same could be said for his approach to running the bases, especially home to first.
Not only did the hard-hitting first baseman play all 162 games of the 2012 season, but he also represented the Tigers well during all-star weekend in Kansas City, Missouri. Fielder won the home-run derby by crushing ball after ball deep into the Kansas City night.
The acquisition of Fielder was in response to the off-season injury of designated hitter Victor Martinez. With Martinez healthy this year the Tiger’s should have not only the best 3-4-5 hitters in the major leagues this season but the best heart of an order in recent memory.