Prince Fielder Records 1,000th Career Hit: How Many More Can He Get?

Michael DesjardinsCorrespondent IIApril 9, 2012

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 07: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers sits on the ground after getting hit by a pitch from Matt Albers #32 of the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning of the game at Comerica Park on April 7, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Red Sox 10-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Yesterday, against the Boston Red SoxPrince Fielder recorded his 1,000th career hit. In the top of the first, with Miguel Cabrera on first base, Fielder singled into right field off Clay Buchholz.

Thus, it got me to thinking. How many more hits can Prince Fielder record in his career?

Well, let's take a look at how he's done so far.

Prince entered the majors in 2005, but didn't get a full season in until the following year. Since then, his batting average has been in the .270-.290 range, with his highest being .299 in 2009 and 2011. He's averaged 163.16 hits in his six full seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.

If we go by Fielder's average right now, it would take 6.12 years to reach 2,000 career hits. And if he wants to reach 3,000 career hits, it would take 12.25 years to do so.

Prince Fielder turns 28 in May, so if he were to play baseball until he reaches 40, it would certainly be plausible to get there at his current rate.

Of course, there are a number of different factors. His age, his contract, how he continues to improve and his team.

Right now, Fielder is just entering the prime of his career.

This is a player who records a decent average, but can easily mash 35 home runs a season, and has the ability to hit 50, so there's no question that Fielder has power. 

The question is, can he improve on making contact with the ball as he enters his prime, and will he be able to hit the ball well in his later years?

Then, there's Fielder's contract.

He's set for the next nine years, so unless a catastrophe happens to Fielder, he shouldn't have a problem getting to 2,000 career hits. However, as his contract ends, will he still be a good enough player for the Tigers to re-sign him or garner enough interest from the rest of the league?

Speaking of the Tigers, how much of an impact will being teammates with Miguel Cabrera be (and vice versa)?

Cabrera and Fielder arguably the most fearsome duos offensively. Having them as the 3-4 guys in the lineup for the next several years will certainly make pitchers think twice.

Add in other great talent around their lineup like Alex Avila, Delmon Young, and Victor Martinez (when he returns from injury), and you have a very potent offense that make the Detroit Tigers easy favorites for the next several years.

In addition, because the Tigers are an American League team, they get to use a designated hitter, which would only help Fielder, in terms of durability. Not that he needs it at the moment, mind you. He's played no less than 157 games in his six full seasons, and has played in all 162 games in two seasons (2009 and 2011).

So, how many hits do you think Prince Fielder will record by the end of his career?

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