Prince Fielder grew up around baseball. The son of former Major League Baseball slugger Cecil Fielder, Prince would often be shown as a youngster tagging along with his dad before some Detroit Tigers games back in the mid-1990s. Although the relationship between dad and son wasn’t always smooth, Prince found a way to carve out a very lucrative professional baseball career himself. He also found a way to make sure his relationship with his own children was anything but rocky.
Prince Fielder’s MLB success
Prince Fielder broke into the big leagues in 2005 as a rookie with the Milwaukee Brewers. Fielder was selected in the first round of the 2002 MLB draft when the Brewers picked him seventh overall out of Eau Gallie High School in Florida. He made his Major League Baseball debut on June 13, 2005. In his rookie season, Fielder played in 39 games and hit two home runs with a .288 batting average.
Fielder was a burly 5-foot-11, 275-pound first baseman who went on to enjoy a 12-year Major League Baseball career. He spent the first seven years in Milwaukee where he hit 230 home runs and had a .288 batting average. With the Brewers, he was a three-time MLB All-Star. In 2007, Fielder led the league in home runs with 50, and then in 2009 he was tops in the league with 141 RBIs.
In 2012, Fielder signed a free-agent deal with the Detroit Tigers, the team his father, Cecil, was most notably associated with as a player. For two seasons with the Tigers, he played in all 162 games each year and was an MLB All-Star. He was traded to the Texas Rangers after the 2013 season for Ian Kinsler and played in parts of three seasons with the Rangers. His best year came in 2015 when he hit .305 with 23 home runs and 98 RBIs. For his career, Fielder was a six-time all-star and finished with 319 home runs and a .283 batting average.
Fielder’s relationship with his father Cecil
Early in Prince Fielder’s professional baseball career, he didn’t speak highly of his father. Most times, he wouldn’t speak of him at all. According to a 2013 article on CBSSports.com, Fielder had once said that “my father is dead to me” when he was in the minor leagues. The article went on to say that the sour relationship stemmed from Cecil’s gambling habits and his divorce from Prince’s mother.
At one point, Cecil said he was thrown out of the family room when he went to see his son play in Atlanta. Cecil, in 2012, said “There’s a lot of people that wish he would get over whatever he’s got going on with his self. … And once he gets rid of that, I think those people he needs to reach out to other than me, I think hopefully he will. I know what I did for my son, and he knows what I did for him,” Cecil Fielder said. “I’m going to take the high road, stay away from it and not cause any friction. … You play for the Tigers, I played for the Tigers, do your thing. … If you want to stay stuck whatever cocoon you’re in, stay there, but I’m not going to join you.”
In 2015, Prince Fielder admitted he and his father were mending their relationship but didn’t elaborate. When asked if the relationship was improving, Prince Fielder said, “Yeah, it’s pretty cool,” Fielder told USA TODAY Sports. “Real cool.”
In 2016, when a second spinal fusion surgery forced Prince into retirement, he had his young boys with him at the press conference. Prince made sure his relationship with his sons would be solid. “I want to thank my boys,” Fielder said. “No matter what, I was the best to them, and that always made me feel good. These are my two homies.”
What is Prince Fielder’s net worth?
When Prince Fielder was with the Milwaukee Brewers, he made $329,500 during the 2006 season. In 2007, his pay increased to $415,000 the following season. During the 2008 season, Fielder was making $675,000.
In 2009, Fielder’s salary jumped up to $7 million and he earned every penny of it when he was an MLB All-Star after leading the league in RBIs with 141. He also smacked 46 homers and hit .299. Fielder finished fourth in the MVP voting.
Although $7 million was a huge bump from the $675,000 he made in 2008, Fielder didn’t see his salary take off until he was signed by the Detroit Tigers as a free agent prior to the 2012 season. In his two seasons with the Tigers, Fielder made $23 million per year. When he was traded to the Texas Rangers, his salary was bumped up to $24 million per season. Although a neck injury forced Fielder to retire after the 2016 season, he was to collect $106 million through 2020. Celebritynetworth.com listed Prince Fielder’s net worth at $80 million.