Prof: Prince came up with Milwaukee in 2005, but I really didn’t start watching the Brewers on a regular basis until the end of 2006, beginning of 2007. This was prime Prince time in Milwaukee. His efforts in the Brew City, especially during the Brewers’ playoff pushes, were stuff of legend. All of the years I’ve lived in Wisconsin I’ve never heard a bad thing about Prince Fielder, whereas I heard plenty of crappy things about Ryan Braun. As I mentioned before, everyone loved Prince here. When you go to Brewer games, you still see a lot of Fielder jerseys. I’m sad to see this teddy bear leave the game he obviously loves so much, but really happy that I got to see him play a lot over the years. And I hope whatever it is that he does in the future, he will rekindle the joy that made him so brilliant to watch. Also – Prince > Cecil. Come at me, bro.
Scouts: Prince Fielder announced his retirement from baseball yesterday during a very emotional press conference. Doctors refused to clear Fielder for play after his second spinal fusion surgery in his neck. Fielder ended up batting .283/.382/.506/.887 with 319 HR over a 12 year career. During his first 8 seasons he missed only 13 total games. He wasn’t known for gold glove fielding, but man could he get a bat through the zone. He came up in a time when there was a plethora of All-Star First basemen and he still made a name for himself in a very small market. He ultimately was a good natured guy who just loved to play baseball. His relationship with his father is dubious at best. But from all accounts he had a great childhood and was a fantastic teammate. It’s very sad when a player has to leave the game due to injury, it’s even more sad when it’s someone who is so well liked and respected.
Orioles 0, Athletics 1 – The O’s drop their third in a row, and the offense seems to be actually going backwards.
Angels 1, Cubs 3 – This is pretty much how they drew it up. Hammel threw a 7 inning shutout, Chapman came in for the save.
Rockies 4, Rangers 5 – Texas gave up 3 in the 8th, then came back with 2 of their own to skate away with the win.
Prof: The Rangers game wasn’t over when I went to bed last night, but this is a good opportunity to show y’all Prince touching Beltre’s head.
Rays 0, Blue Jays 7 – Prof: Toronto came to play, you guys. Troy Tulowitzki did, too. 2-3 with a home run and 5 RBI. The STILL underrated and highly impressive J.A. Happ gets yet another win. The AL Cy Young discussion has been so back and forth this season, but can we agree that J.A. Happ should be at least mentioned in the discussion?
Astros, Twins – PPDR – Houston released Carlos Gomez
Braves 3, Brewers 4 – All 4 of the Brewer’s runs came in the 3rd as Chris Carter jacked a 3 run bomb.
Phillies 6, Dodgers 2 – Prof: Freddy Galvis only got one hit last night, but he made it count, by hitting a three run home run in the seventh inning.
Yankees 9, Red Sox 4 – Red Sox almost lost more than the game as David Ortiz and Mookie Betts had to leave the game due to injuries. Both players are listed as day-to-day.
Tigers 1, Mariners 3 – Cruz and Cano homered and the Mariners dropped the Tigers.
Giants 1, Marlins 0 – Prof: Brandon Crawford gets the only run for either team, a solo home run off David Phelps. Shark…er…Jeff Samardzija gets the win.
Indians 4, Nationals 7 – Prof: Hopefully SomeGuy can tear himself away from lobster and lighthouses up in Maine to give us a Nats’ fan’s view of this game. Jayson Werth is a clobberin’ caveman. Good Gio came to the park, and Mark Melancon gets the save.
Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2 – Arizona put one up in the top of the 12th.
White Sox 2, Royals 3 – Cain hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 14th.
Padres 4, Pirates 0 – Prof: As I mentioned in the Snack last night, the Padres have stolen home four times this season. Also, y’all, are we experiencing pod people, or what? Edwin Jackson had another great outing.
Reds 2, Cardinals 3 – Prof: Jhonny Peralta hits his 200th career home run in this win against the Reds.