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The only hitter in Milwaukee Brewers franchise history to walk more than 100 times in a single season is Prince Fielder.  And he had accomplished that feat three times:  110 walks in 2009, 114 in 2010, and 107 in 2011.

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Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer Wins 2013 American League Cy Young Award

Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer Wins 2013 American League Cy Young Award

From The Detroit Free Press

This season, Tigers’ right-handed starter Max Scherzer was the best pitcher in the American League.

He led the league in wins. He finished second in strikeouts. He finished third in wins above replacement.

And on Wednesday night, he was named the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

“Ahhhhh!!! What a feeling!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this trophy!!” Scherzer tweeted shortly after winning the award.

Scherzer won with 28 of 30 first-place votes and finished ahead of Texas’ Yu Darvish and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. Fellow Tigers’ starter Anibal Sanchez finished fourth, and Chicago’s Chris Sale finished fifth.

In 2013, Scherzer enjoyed a breakout campaign of 21 wins with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts in 214 1/3 innings.

He didn’t suffer his first defeat until July 13 and lost only three games total, benefited greatly by the Tigers’ offensive run support.

“It meant a lot,” he told a MLB Network panel about the wins before the announcement, “Because when you look at the history of the game, the guys who are 20-game winners, they’re legends in the game. It just means so much to me. I can only thank my teammates because of it. They always put me in a position to win.”

In July, he was named the starting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star Game.

Scherzer becomes the fifth Cy Young Award winner in Tigers’ history.

Justin Verlander won in 2011. Closer Willie Hernandez won in 1984, Denny McLain shared the award in 1969 and won it outright in 1968.

Scherzer recorded five double-digit strikeout games, reaching a season-high 12 twice, and failed to pitch six innings only five times in 32 total starts. He ranked in the top five of the most important statistical categories in the league and pointed towards the addition of a curveball this year in his results.

“It was huge, that’s the reason why I had so much success this year,” Scherzer said. “Every single year I try to do something better than the next. Because that I think I took a big step forward in 2013 and obviously because of that, I was voted Cy Young Award winner.”

Sanchez garnered one first-place vote, one second-place vote and one third-place vote.

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Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Lot Of 3 Prince Fielder Rookie Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Lot Of 3 Prince Fielder Rookie Cards

One of my favorite dealers brought his dollar boxes to this show this time.  He offers everything contained within at half-price, and I probably spent more time sifting through these boxes than I did at any other dealer set-up.

I pulled some pretty solid stuff, and I will show it off throughout the day for you.

In the mix, I pulled three Prince Fielder rookie cards.  I had not been seeking them out specifically, but I was not going to pass them up either.

Have a look:

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Personally, I find Fielder to be one of the most fun guys to cheer for in baseball.  His obvious joy of playing the game meshed with supreme talent has resulted in making Prince a superstar and a ’30-YOC Favorite’.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Possibly The Coolest Batting Cage Card EVER!!! Courtesy Of Prince Fielder & Bowman

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Possibly The Coolest Batting Cage Card EVER!!!  Courtesy Of Prince Fielder & Bowman

This card comes from the 2009 Bowman baseball card set.  And as soon as I saw it, I stopped in my tracks!!

Have a look:

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Rescued from a $0.10 bargain box, this card features easily the most unique ‘Batting Cage Card’ that I have ever seen.

There was no way that I was not going to buy the card.  And now I have a challenge ahead of me to seek out a better one – and that may be very, very tough to do.

Miami Marlins Trade 2B Omar Infante And Pitcher Anibal Sanchez To Detroit Tigers

Miami Marlins Trade 2B Omar Infante And Pitcher Anibal Sanchez To Detroit Tigers

The Marlins are effectively throwing in the towel on the season, agreeing to trade second baseman Omar Infante and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers for three prospects. While the deal has not been announced officially, the Marlins have revised their lineup for tonight’s game against the Braves, scratching Infante and moving Emilio Bonifacio to second base.
       According to sources, the Marlins are acquiring Jacob Turner, a top right-handed pitching prospect. In addition, MLB Network’s Peter Gammons tweeted the Tigers are also throwing in minor-league catcher Rob Brantly and minor-league left-hander Brian Flynn. Turner was the 9th overall pick in the 2009 draft and was ranked before the season by Baseball America as the 22nd overall prospect.
       The Tigers, who are in need of a second baseman, have been scouting Infante for weeks. Infante said before batting practice today that he expected to be traded.
        “I think I’m gone,” he said.
        Sanchez, who is eligible for free agency, was also ripe trade bait and told reporters following Sunday’s start in Pittsburgh that he understood the situation.

 

Detroit Tigers’ Prince Fielder Regains Title As Major League Baseball’s Iron Man

 

Detroit Tigers’ Prince Fielder Regains Title As Major League Baseball’s Iron Man

By James Schmel

CHICAGO — It took some time, but Prince Fielder finally regained his title as Major League Baseball’s Iron Man.

Fielder officially became the league’s active leader in consecutive games played after Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp’s streak was snapped at 399 on Monday.

Fielder, who hasn’t missed a game since Sept. 14, 2010, enters Thursday’s series opener against Minnesota having played in 217 straight games.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Matt because he’s a good friend, but, yeah, it’s important to me,” he said.

It’s the second time in Fielder’s eight-year career that he has carried the consecutive games-played streak. And, this time, he plans to keep it for a while.

“I take pride it,” he said. “It’s not really a milestone that I’m trying to reach, but I just feel like I should be in the lineup every day because that’s my job.

“That’s what I get paid to do.”

Fielder previously owned the consecutive games-play streak when he went 327 straight games with Milwaukee between Sept. 4, 2008 and Sept. 13, 2010.

The streak came to an end after he was struck with flu-like symptoms, which he contracted from his two sons. He remembered being hooked up to IV drip prior to the game in a last-ditch effort to play, but said the virus was too tough to kick.

“My kids are the ones that got me sick,” he said. “My wife called me and told me they were ill, and I just said, ‘Oh, man — this is how it ends?’”

If Fielder were to have appeared in the game on Sept. 13, 2010, his consecutive games-played streak would currently be at 543 straight games.

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken owns the record after playing in 2,632 consecutive games during a 14-year span.

“Not to take anything away from first basemen, but I think it’s not as difficult to play every day because there’s not as much action,” Fielder said. “What Matt did was impressive.”

Fielder is being trailed by Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (161), Boston’s Dustin Pedroia (135) and Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki (135).

Prince Fielder & Detroit Tigers Agee To 9-Year, $214 Million Deal

Prince Fielder reportedly agreed to a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, joining Miguel Cabrera to give Detroit an explosive one-two punch in the middle of its lineup.

The Tigers have not commented on or confirmed the multiple reports. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported on the agreement.

The reported terms would give the deal an average annual value of $23.78 million, just shy of the $24 million annual average of the $10-year, $240 million contract Albert Pujols signed with the Angels last month and about $1.22 million less than that of the five-year, $125 million extension the Phillies’ Ryan Howard signed in April 2010.

Fielder, 27, has hit 230 home runs in his Major League career of six-plus seasons, all spent with the Milwaukee Brewers before he became a free agent this offseason. He hit 38 home runs with 120 RBIs last year and finished third in the voting for National League Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career.

The left-handed-hitting first baseman presumably will bat fourth behind Cabrera, who led the Majors last season with a .344 batting average, .448 on-base percentage and 48 doubles.

The Tigers last week lost their primary designated hitter, Victor Martinez, to a torn ACL in his left knee. He is expected to miss the season. Presumably, Fielder will play first base and Cabrera will mostly DH. Cabrera played third base and left field during his first five Major League seasons with the Marlins.

The Nationals, Rangers and Orioles all were reported to have interest in Fielder, who will sign a contract quite late in the offseason, given that Spring Training camps open in mid-February. Washington and a “mystery team” were said to have been finalists by CBSSports.com.

Fielder is a three-time All-Star. He hit 50 home runs in 2007 and led the Majors in RBIs with 141 in 2009. He has missed one game in the past three seasons.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said he surmised that the Tigers could be players for Fielder after the injury to Martinez.

“You only have to have one team, two teams involved,” Melvin said “Prince is a very valued player, and we would have loved to have him [longer] but we didn’t have that money. [Agent Scott Boras] got a deal that he likes and it looks like a pretty good deal for Prince.”

Detroit Tigers Win AL Central, 1st Division Title Since 1987

Detroit Tigers Win AL Central, 1st Division Title Since 1987

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—Pitcher Phil Coke yelled through the victorious clubhouse looking for Jim Leyland.

His turn had arrived to douse Detroit’s manager with beer and champagne.

“Where’s the skipper?” Coke shouted amid the cigar smoke and showers.

Leyland had already tucked himself away in the quiet confines of his office, reflecting for a few minutes on all the milestones in the Tigers’ run to the AL Central title while also preparing for the next step: lining everything up just right for what he hopes is a deep October run.

Newcomer Doug Fister pitched the Tigers to the division title on Friday night, beating the Oakland Athletics 3-1 to secure Detroit’s first top finish in nearly a quarter-century.

“A bunch of ‘em nailed me, and they should,” Leyland said of being soaked. “I want them to spray me. What the hell?”

Detroit is headed to the playoffs for the first time since winning the AL wild card in 2006 and losing to St. Louis in the World Series. The Tigers (88-63) had not finished on top since winning the AL East in 1987, three years after their last World Series championship.

“It’s been pretty much magical this whole second half,” Coke said. “We’ve gone out every day and handled our business. We’re all hungry. We’re all ready for this.”

When Josh Willingham grounded out to third to end it, the victorious Tigers sprinted out of their dugout. Closer Jose Valverde pumped both arms, then turned as catcher Alex Avila jumped into his embrace.

Leyland stood some 10 feet from the pitcher’s mound and waited for a hug from each of his players.