Prince Fielder to Tigers: 10 Bold Predictions for Slugger's First AL Season

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Prince Fielder to Tigers: 10 Bold Predictions for Slugger's First AL Season

After agreeing to a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Prince Fielder finds himself staring into the belly of two enormous shadows.

Initially, Prince must contend with the same shadow that has been cast over him since he hit a home run out of Tiger Stadium when he was 12 years old. His father, Cecil Fielder, had career resurgence with Detroit in 1990, when he hit 51 home runs and had 132 runs batted in.

The spotlight of playing in the same city as his father will eventually fade as Prince continues to produce the same numbers that allowed him to be such a highly sought-after free agent.

The more daunting shadow to overcome will be the one cast by only the fourth $200 million contract in MLB history. That will be something he will have to continue to prove worthy of over the course of his career.

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