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if he doesn’t contribute at the plate, he becomes incredibly overpaid space filler.
He's hugely fat and running up on 30. I'm not saying this is definitely the new normal, but I wouldn't be shocked if it was
It seems a bit early for age or blubber related decline. Methinks injury.
It seems a bit early for age or blubber related decline. Methinks injury. Didn't the Tigers modify their park in some way that Fielder's numbers?
and I agree that the fielder contract was ill-advised
Fielder's weight is not a major issue, people who claim it are idiots. As Harvey has pointed out, he's been like this his whole career, is very much aware of the expectations that the health police have for him and has actively done a good job of keeping it under control. The truth is that blubbery people seem to have fewer injury issues than the thin people of the game, you aren't going to see Fielder pulling a hamstring like you get from the Jose Reyes's of the world.
Literally none of this is responsive. It's an established fact that big guys tend to decline earlier, and more swiftly, than thinner, more athletic guys. This is uncontroversial, and trying to claim that Prince Fielder is a magical exception to this is baldest fantasy and wishful thinking.
I fully appreciate that fielder's girth could impact his performance
--he has been this size pretty much his entire career...
--he has been pretty consistent in his performance over his career...
--he is clearly very aware his family history and has worked to manage his weight
again, unless his 2014 also s8cks like a hoover on high I think folks need to consider this an off year which is common to any player.
True. Love to know why, though. Doesn't take much. Even a minor injury we'll never hear about to the power hand of a hitter whose value comes from that can send his value plummeting.
Fielder's weight is not a major issue, people who claim it are idiots. As Harvey has pointed out, he's been like this his whole career, is very much aware of the expectations that the health police have for him and has actively done a good job of keeping it under control.
If this is under control, what would letting himself go look like?
Wow--I had forgotten how dreadfully BBRef sees Prince's defense. Its eeaten up 17 wins to date. He's almost as bad on defense as is the overall difference between a solid major league regular and a AAAA player. Wow squared. That's genuinely awful.
I don't know who holds the record, but given the length of his contract it might be possible for Prince to be worse in the field than any ballplayer in history. Adjusting for age he's worse than Jeter, iirc.
prince is a poor defensive player. he has no range and his hands are below average.
--he has been pretty consistent in his performance over his career
I know he made some errors against the cards.
Carrying excessive weight, especially a lot of it, increases physical deterioration -- especially back, knee and foot problems. That is reason to downgrade Fielder's chances of performing well (or often) from ages 33-36 or so. The effects of weight are not likely to turn him into a dud overnight ... unless he's dealing with a weight-related injury.
cfb, I assume you were referring to Ruth. Ruth became fat, he didn't start out that way. But, yeah, he did alright.
you don't allow for any reasonable variance? you think a player who has a range of performance from 130-166 is inconsistent?
BA OBP SLG IWR ISO OPS.049 .057 .117 .034 .090 .160
Re: Fielder's weight being a problem with potential injury, isn't it generally accepted fact that being significantly overweight can cause knee and back problems due to the body carrying all those extra pounds around?
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