Detroit Tigers: 4 Reasons Behind Prince Fielder's Drop in Home Run Power in 2012

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Detroit Tigers: 4 Reasons Behind Prince Fielder's Drop in Home Run Power in 2012
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It's crazy to think that a player who's batting .311 and on pace to earn 119 RBI is having a disappointing year.

But because of the gigantic standards that Prince Fielder has set for himself, both personally and by example, Fielder is having a down year in his first season donning the Old English D.

The 28-year-old slugger, who made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005, has hit at least 32 home runs every year since 2007, but in his first year with the Tigers, Fielder is on pace for just 27 homers.

From 2009 to 2011, Fielder averaged more than 38 bombs and over 114 RBI per year, but if he stays at this pace, he'd total the fewest homers he's hit since 2006, his second year in the league.

By anyone else's standards, his production wouldn't be a cause for concern, but during his time in MLB, the Ironman, who's played 1,066 out of a possible 1,079 games since 2006, has put himself in a class of his own.

These are the four reasons Fielder's home run numbers have dropped this season. 

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