Friday, January 27, 2012

Prince Fielder Introductory Press Conference with Photos

Prince Fielder
Yesterday afternoon the Detroit Tigers officially announced the signing of 1B Prince Fielder to a 9-year $214-Million contract.

With his Agent, Scott Boras next to him and the key players of the Tigers brass, including owner Mike Ilitch, GM Dave Dombrowski and Manager Jim Leyland sitting at the table, after passing his physical, Prince Fielder was introduced as a Detroit Tiger in front of a packed crowd of media at Comerica Park.

As Columnist Mitch Albom points out the signing of Fielder is a BIG deal. Meanwhile, Michael Rosenberg points out that the Tigers are trying to keep everyone happy, for now.

Agent Scott Boras and Fielder
Tony Paul of the Detroit News reminds everyone that Fielder isn’t the first of his clients that Scott Boras has brought to Motown, when the Tigers needed, and the News also shows what the Tigers batting order might end up looking like with Fielder and Cabrera.

You will notice that Brandon Inge ends up with the short end of the stick, which is nothing new for the longest tenured Tiger. Jason Beck noted that Inge found out the Fielder news through the media and not from the Tigers brass and he’s not a “happy camper”.

GM Dave Dombrowski, Fielder, Owner Mike Ilitch
and Manager Jim Leyland
Drew Sharp, was critical of the signing as he announced on ESPN on Wednesday, “ Logically this deal, makes not one damn bit of sense for the Detroit Tigers, long term …what your saying is you are going to pay Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, two guys who are basically the same player offensively and unfortunately defensively, close to $45 Million annually, ... and to move Cabrera to 3rd base, they tried that in ’08 when the Tigers first acquired him, it was a disaster”. But he (Sharp) tells everyone that owner Mike Ilitch wants to win a World Series, and will pull out all the stops to do so.

So does the Fielder signing bring an end to the Tigers moves for this off-season?? Dave Dombrowski was asked that question, and he worded his answer carefully, as Beck shows.

For those of you who want to see the transcript of the entire press conference, the folks at Mlive were kind enough to post it, and you can find it here

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