Prince Fielder spends a lot of his time on big-league diamonds trotting, not running. Fielder walked more than 100 times in each of the past three seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, and his 228 home runs since becoming a full-fledged big-leaguer in 2006 are the third-most in that span.
It's a good thing, too, because the free-agent first baseman is not much use when running the bases more aggressively. Fielder is huge, lumbering and not remotely ashamed of his inability to move more than station-to-station most of the time. It just is not his game.
This was one of the critical tenets of the sabermetric revolution as it gained traction around the turn of the century. Fleetness of foot is overvalued. Baseball players sometimes need to be fast, but sometimes, they really don't. It's all about skill sets, and though speed is not a part of Fielder's package, overall, that package is still a great one.
Here are the slowest players in the history of each big-league franchise. Vive le tortue!