Fielder wants to ‘go out with a blast’
I just love the lead of this story on SI.com:
Brewers star and free-agent-to-be Prince Fielder said in an exclusive interview with TBS that this is “probably the last year” that he will play in Milwaukee.
My initial response: Yeah, that’s how free agency works.
Fielder’s comments fall squarely into the “nothing new” category, but like the Francisco Rodriguez flap they are sure to cause a stir in Milwaukee, where fans remain hopeful that Fielder might re-sign despite all of the evidence to the contrary. The sides discussed an extension during 2010 Spring Training but never made progress, and decided before the start of 2011, Fielder’s final season under club control, to focus on winning baseball games and leave business matters for the winter.
For the most part, both sides have stuck to that plan. The TBS interview, conducted by Brewers television play-by-play man Brian Anderson, counts as an exception.
“I’m signed for this year, but being real about it, it is probably the last year,” Fielder said in an interview that airs at noon CT on Sunday on TBS MLB on Deck.
Talking about teammate Ryan Braun, Fielder said, “It’s been great, unfortunately, this is probably the last year of the one-two punch. … But I think it’s been good, [five] years, him and me. Hopefully, we can go out with a blast.”
Braun was asked about Fielder’s future, too.
“This game we play is a job, it’s a profession,” Braun said. “Sometimes I think we lose sight of that, which is a good thing. But there’s always a business side. Everybody has to do what is in their best interest. The best interest of their family. Guys earn a right to become free agents. You never know what’s going to happen when you get there.
“But for him, I couldn’t see why every team in baseball wouldn’t want him on their team. Certainly, he will get some huge offers in the offseason. So for us right now, we are just trying to enjoy while we’re together, enjoy the fact that he’s still a member of the Milwaukee Brewers and accomplish as much as we can this year.”
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