Now I know we already locked Braun up for many years to come but let's pretend for a second that this was both Braun and Fielder's final season under contract with the Brewers. What would you do as owner/GM of the Crew? If you could only keep one as the "franchise player" who would it be? Would you let both walk in hopes of freed cash for pitching or other players.
For me, I think I'd go with Braun. Both players are young although I think Ryan Braun has a larger chance to be consistent year after year for 15+ years in the league. I hate saying that I think Fielder will eventually falter due to his weight but it's somewhat true... I'd be hesitant to offer him a large multi-year contract especially as he ages knowing that he could become a liability at some point.
Both can hit for power and neither is perfect defensively, although Braun has improved when he switched from 3B to the outfield. Braun seems to have that passion for the game that most players are missing, he loves to play and he loves to win. In every situation Braun feels like he has the upper hand - and that's definitely something I want from my team leader. I want people to be able to look up to him in any situation and feel like they have a chance regardless of the current situation.
So to help you make your final decision I'll leave you with both Prince's and Ryan's career numbers.
2007: 146 hits, 34 home runs, 97 RBI's, 29 walks, .324 avg
2008: 174 hits, 37 home runs, 106 RBI's, 42 walks, .285 avg
2009: 203 hits, 32 home runs, 114 RBI's, 57 walks, .320 avg
Total: 523 hits, 103 home runs, 317 RBI's, 128 walks, .308 avg
2005: 17 hits, 2 home runs, 10 RBI's, 2 walks, .288 avg
2006: 154 hits, 28 home runs, 81 RBI's, 59 walks, .271 avg
2007: 165 hits, 50 home runs, 119 RBI's, 90 walks, .288 avg
2008: 162 hits, 34 home runs, 102 RBI's, 84 walks, .276 avg
2009: 177 hits, 46 home runs, 141 RBI's, 110 walks, .299 avg
Total: 675 hits, 160 home runs, 453 RBI's, 345 walks, .284 avg
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