Over the last 3 years, I have heard rumors about it. People were talking about it at water coolers, but then whenever it got to crowded they all scattered. Guys that called into talk radio stations eluded to it, but never said it directly. Brian Anderson almost said in once in July, but his partner Bill stopped him before he had the chance.
Well people, the rumors are true. There's a new sheriff in town by the name of Ken, and doggone it, he is going to tell you what we've all been dancing around the last 3+seasons: THAT PRINCE FIELDER IS OVERWEIGHT. Thank you Mike Hunt.
And Macha's fresh eyes might be revelatory. A lot of the same coaches and front-office personnel have seen these players for a long time. As GM Doug Melvin noted, sometimes that dulls the perception.
Maybe, for example, Macha could actually convince Corey Hart that he need not swing at the first pitch. Or, provided the Brewers don't trade Prince Fielder, Macha could tell him what everyone's been dancing around, that Fielder's gotten way too heavy.
Oh thank God Macha is here! He's going to tell everyone the truth! There will be no more lies! Prince Fielder is too fat now! We can all talk about it now with no shame!
Everybody please just hear me out for a second. This has been a long time coming from me. I know that Prince Fielder is fat. You know it. He knows it. He's been a tubby bitch his whole life. He may actually have silverfish nesting in his rolls. But you know what else he does? He hits bombs. He gets on base. He can (sometimes) catch a baseball that is thrown to him from the other infielders.
I'm reminded of a good story that was told in "Moneyball," the book about the Oakland A's, Billy Beane, and how they've succeed in a small market blah blah blah. I'm paraphrasing from memory here, but I believe the story took place during the Amateur draft when there were a dozen scouts and Beane in his war room during the draft. Beane and his smart stat driven men were selecting a overweight catcher, based on his performance in college (This could have been Jeremy Brown, feel free to correct any details if I'm wrong). One of the old scouts snorted and remarked something to the effect of, "Don't like him. He doesn't look good. Too fat." Beane or one his cronies responded with a great line like: "Christ, we're playing baseball here...not modeling jeans."
That's my point here people. WHO CARES if Prince Fielder is fat? I sure as hell don't. You shouldn't either. Does it seriously bother you? He's our first baseman, not our CF or SS. He doesn't have to be nimble. His job is to hit bombs. I'm talking about value here people. I'm talking about "what is his job?" What is Prince Fielder here to do? Here are Prince Fielder's 3 years as a pro for the Brewers:
2006: 157 games, .271/.347/.483, 28HR's with 81 rbi
2007: 158 games, .288/.395/.618, 50HR's with 119 rbi
2008: 159 games, .276/.372/.507, 34HR's with 102 rbi
Oh and guess what, he's 24 freaking years old!!!
I'm sorry, I guess I don't get it. I don't get the fascination about this. I would argue that with perhaps a couple exceptions, there isn't a team in MLB who wouldn't take Prince Fielder right now, "weight" and all. With those numbers, they'll find a spot for him either at 1B or as a DH.
Since Prince denied his long-term contract and decided to play it out year by year, we have heard trade rumors and fans sticking it to him because of his weight. Once again, just look at the numbers. Look at what he has done here.
We've got control over Prince for 3 more years. I'm one guy that hopes he's here for at least 2-3 of them. Now, I've talked with Matt about this, and I am also definitely not against trading Fielder now. It just better be a damn good trade. Unless it's right before the deadline in his 3rd arby year and the Brewers suck, I want valuable major league talent in return. Because you know what? That is what Prince Fielder is: valuable major league talent. All 347 pounds of him.