Commentary

Prince not an ideal fit for Comerica

Fielder's former park gave him some home runs that his new home will not

Updated: January 26, 2012, 12:05 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | Baseball Think Factory
FielderAP Photo/Matt SlocumMiller Park was a perfect fit for Fielder, while Comerica Park does not appear to be.

Prince Fielder's winter saga ended this week when the burly slugger agreed to a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. In doing so, Fielder cemented his spot in the middle of Detroit's lineup for the next decade, and agent Scott Boras cemented his reputation for being able to close big deals.

Stadiums are more of a factor in baseball than in any other major spot, by way of rules that allow some aspects of the field to have great variation in measurements. Over his six-plus seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, Fielder played half his games in Miller Park, a comfortable spot for him as his homer rate at home for his career is 20 percent higher than it is in road games. Fielder is a powerful hitter and would be a slugger in any park, but just how suited is Prince to his new digs?


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