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Ranking the 5 Best Moments of Prince Fielder's Career

JohnCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2012

Ranking the 5 Best Moments of Prince Fielder's Career

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    The Prince Fielder sweepstakes came to a close last week when the slugger was officially introduced as a member of the Detroit Tigers

    Fielder leaves behind a memorable start to his career for fans in Milwaukee, since the club drafted him in 2002 up until he first put on the Old English D.

    Here is a list of the five best moments from Prince Fielder’s career thus far.

Fielder's Temper

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    In August 2008, Fielder had to be restrained by his teammates after shoving teammate Manny Parra twice in the visitor’s dugout in Cincinnati before apologizing the next day. 

    The following season, Fielder was restrained by security officials after he tried to enter the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse.  Fielder wanted to confront relief pitcher and former teammate Guillermo Mota after Mota apparently intentionally hit him in the ninth inning. 

All-Star Games

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    In six seasons with the Brew Crew, Fielder made the National League All-Star team three times.

    In 2007, fans voted him to the starting lineup, making him the first Brewer since Paul Molitor in 1988 to start the game. 

    Two years later in 2009, Fielder was crowned champion of the Home Run Derby.  He went yard 23 times, which tied for sixth-most in the history of the competition. 

    Finally, just last season, Fielder was named MVP of the mid-summer classic.  He helped the NL win 5-1 by hitting a three-run homer. 

Inside-the-Park Homeruns

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    On June 17, 2007, the Beer-Makers lost on a walk-off home run while playing at Minnesota. 

    In the top of the ninth, though, with Milwaukee trailing the Twins 9-7, Fielder hit a fly ball to center field.  Twins outfielder Lew Ford lost site of the ball in the white roof of the Metrodome, allowing Fielder to round the bases. 

    Just over a year later, on June 19, 2008, Fielder once again hit an inside-the-park home run.  This time, against the Toronto Blue Jays, Fielder hit a liner to right field.  The ball wedged under the wall pad and Fielder rounded the bases before Toronto outfielder Alex Rios could find it.   

2008 Push to the Playoffs

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    The Brewers had not made the playoffs since 1982. 

    Their offense struggled to produce runs so much that manager Ned Yost was fired with 12 games remaining in the regular season. 

    With only five games to play before the season ended, the New York Mets led Milwaukee by one game in the NL Wild Card standings. 

    Fielder hit .316 with 21 RBI in the month of September to lead the club in earning the Wild Card berth. 

    Though Fielder and the Brewers would fall to the Philadelphia Phillies in the Division Series, the club played in the postseason for the first time in 26 years. 

Welcome Home, Prince

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    When Fielder’s father, Cecil, played for the Tigers in the 1990s, young Prince would often go to Tiger Stadium and take batting practice.  It is well known that he hit a ball over the fence at the big league ballpark.

    He spent much of his childhood growing up in Detroit, and now he has a chance to win and fulfill team owner Mikek Ilitch’s dream.     

    Ilitch is 82 and desperately wants to bring a World Series title to the Motor City.  He has even said he would trade some of his four Stanley Cup championships for a World Series trophy. 

    After losing Victor Martinez for the upcoming season, it seemed inevitable that the Tigers would take a step back after the success they had in 2011.  The addition of Fielder to a lineup that is already strong gives Detroit one of the best rosters in the league. 

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