According to SportsDayDFW.com, Prince Fielder is indeed named after the late pop star! Sources say that his “mother was a big fan.” With news of the sad death, Fielder’s name came into the spotlight and he was interviewed by the Dallas Morning News regarding his namesake’s early death. “My parents liked him, so I kind of liked him,” Fielder told to write Evan Grant. He then explains, “It’s kind of weird when an icon dies, but I never really felt more of a connection to him. I like him and I listen to him, but not like every day.” So it sounds like Prince appreciates the name but is not personally distressed about the death.
Obviously, Fielder’s mother was onto something with the name Prince. Not only is pop-star Prince considered one of the most innovative and creative artists, but Fielder himself is doing really well in the MLB. There must be power in the name.
Fielder was drafted in the first round of the 2002 draft, straight out of high school! He then worked his way up the Brewers farm system to make his first Major League Baseball appearance on June 13, 2005. He was sent back down, but not for long! He stuck with the Brewers for seven years. Some highlights include: making it in the big leagues in 2006 as a starter and then leading all the MLB rookies with twenty-eight homers during that first year. He played for Detroit and now plays for the Texas Rangers.
Many people know Prince Fielder has baseball is in his blood. His father, Cecil Fielder was a prominent MLB player as well and credits much of his son’s success to his legacy. While this could be debated at the draft in 2002, Prince has earned his own name in the major leagues… dad’s legacy or not. He’s had his ups and downs for sure (read season-ending neck injury) but on April 29th, he reached his 1000th career RBI in a 4-2 win over the Angels! Way to go, Prince!