Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Fielder excited about hitting No. 3, Beltre predicts MVP season for new teammate

As Eddie Leon “Daddy Wags” Panetta pointed out…“The Rangers will do whatever they have to do to protect their lineup!”

In the last three seasons, Prince Fielder served as the lineup muscle that protected a Most Valuable Player: Ryan Braun with Milwaukee and Miguel Cabrera in Detroit the last two years. As the cleanup hitter, Fielder bullied teams into pitching to the MVP.

New team, new look for Fielder.

He has dropped weight. He has dumped the dreadlocks in favor of a high-and-tight haircut. He will move into the featured No. 3 spot in the Rangers’ order.

“He’s going to get the MVP,” Adrian Beltre said Friday night during the club’s awards gathering at the Gaylord Texan. “It’s his time to win it. My job is to protect him so that he gets there.”

In the first significant decision of the coming season, Rangers manager Ron Washington has said he will go with Fielder as the No. 3 hitter, with Beltre in the cleanup spot. It is a major move toward rebuilding an offense that dropped from an American League-high 808 runs in 2012 to 730 last year, the club’s fewest for a full season since 1992.

...Fielder has been an ideal cleanup hitter. Since 2007, he leads the majors in homers from the No. 4 spot with 230 and ranks second in RBIs with 711. Despite the success, Fielder has no reservations about the switch.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding,” Fielder said. “I like it a lot. Definitely not upset about it.

“Anytime you get to hit in front of a guy like that, it’s not going to hurt.”

Repoz Posted: January 25, 2014 at 02:07 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: rangers

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. shock Posted: January 25, 2014 at 02:54 PM (#4646237)
In the first significant decision of the coming season, Rangers manager Ron Washington has said he will go with Fielder as the No. 3 hitter, with Beltre in the cleanup spot. It is a major move toward rebuilding an offense ...


???
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: January 25, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4646240)
Should be an improvement offensively.... From looking at the depth chart it looks like they'll have a lineup of

lf Choo
RF Rios(?)
1b Fielder
3b Beltre
C Soto
DH Moreland(really?)
SS Andrus
2b Profar
CF Martin(?who?)

If Andrus and Profar ever realize their potential this could be a pretty good offense...not sure about keeping Moreland on the roster, they should have no problem finding a real bat to DH. But this looks like potentially a pretty good offense. (maybe not Red Sox good, but should do better than last year)

(although I might be tempted to put Andrus as leadoff and Choo batting second...even though Andrus doesn't really have the chops for leading off)
   3. Jim Wisinski Posted: January 25, 2014 at 03:21 PM (#4646242)
Fielder will only have a successful season if he rubs Beltre's head for good luck
   4. JJ1986 Posted: January 25, 2014 at 03:27 PM (#4646245)
That lineup drops off really fast. I'd put Andrus 2nd, Rios 5th and find some LHH who isn't Moreland to hit 6th.
   5. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: January 25, 2014 at 04:17 PM (#4646260)
As the cleanup hitter, Fielder bullied teams into pitching to the MVP.


Is that even legal?
   6. jingoist Posted: January 25, 2014 at 04:36 PM (#4646267)
#5
I hear he threatened to #####-slap opposing pitchers if they didn't groove fastballs over the middle.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: January 25, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4646285)
his hair is in the best shape of its life.
   8. Rennie's Tenet Posted: January 25, 2014 at 07:38 PM (#4646335)
Eddie Leon “Daddy Wags” Panetta


"Daddy Wags" is one of my German Shepherd's 200 official nicknames.
   9. lonestarball Posted: January 25, 2014 at 09:53 PM (#4646361)
Elvis will hit 2nd, Rios 5th. For #2, that's Leonys Martin hitting 9th. He was the regular CF'er last season for Texas.
   10. AJMcCringleberry Posted: January 26, 2014 at 01:37 AM (#4646393)
I think Beltre hitting 4th gives him a good shot at the MVP.
   11. Morty Causa Posted: January 26, 2014 at 03:59 AM (#4646406)
Fielder is a favorite to win the MVP if we're talking about an eating contest.
   12. JJ1986 Posted: January 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4646416)
Fielder is a favorite to win the MVP if we're talking about an eating contest.


Most Vanquished Pies.
   13. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: January 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4646418)
Fielder is a favorite to win the MVP if we're talking about an eating contest.

How so? Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut look far more like Andrus than Fielder.
   14. Transmission Posted: January 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4646419)
Don't sleep on Eater X, Tim Janus. He's my break-out candidate for 2014. Made a few adjustments to his delivery of hotdogs to mouth, eliminating a slight timing-hitch.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Randy Jones
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogCubs deal Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell to Braves
(47 - 2:38am, Aug 02)
Last: Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad!

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2014
(43 - 2:22am, Aug 02)
Last: Norcan

NewsblogGraphic designer creates Star Wars/MLB mash-up logos for all 30 teams
(13 - 2:12am, Aug 02)
Last: Bourbon Samurai in Asia

NewsblogOT:  2014 College Football pre-season thread
(9 - 2:08am, Aug 02)
Last: SteveM.

NewsblogMike Carp designated for assignment, Mookie Betts called up - Over the Monster
(29 - 1:38am, Aug 02)
Last: Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda.

NewsblogJim Bowden Caught Stealing From Fake Twitter Account, Deletes Everything
(35 - 1:33am, Aug 02)
Last: Jose Can Still Seabiscuit

NewsblogMiklasz: Mozeliak sets off a loud wake-up call
(14 - 1:13am, Aug 02)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogGiants Designate Dan Uggla, Tyler Colvin
(13 - 12:26am, Aug 02)
Last: Infinite Joost (Voxter)

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 8-1
(29 - 12:13am, Aug 02)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim

NewsblogRosendo ‘Rusty’ Torres found guilty of 5 counts of sex abuse, acquitted of 3 other charges
(15 - 12:11am, Aug 02)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogOT: Politics, August 2014: DNC criticizes Christie’s economic record with baseball video
(217 - 11:38pm, Aug 01)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread- July 2014
(1081 - 10:39pm, Aug 01)
Last: Quaker

NewsblogGeorge "The Animal" Steele Mangles A Baseball
(160 - 9:12pm, Aug 01)
Last: NJ in DC (Now unemployed!)

NewsblogBill James Mailbag - 7/13/14 - 7/22/14 (Subscription Required)
(11 - 8:40pm, Aug 01)
Last: robinred

NewsblogJose Bautista, Casey Janssen “frustrated” and “disappointed” by Jays’ lack of deadline activity
(6 - 8:31pm, Aug 01)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

Page rendered in 0.1091 seconds
52 querie(s) executed