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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
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   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.

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