It appears Prince Fielder is being forced to hang up the cleats.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday that Fielder’s career is over after 12 seasons in Major League Baseball. The 32-year-old slugger recently underwent a second neck surgery and doctors reportedly won’t clear him to play.
Fielder, a first-round pick in 2002, spent his first seven major league seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers before signing with the Detroit Tigers prior to the 2013 campaign. He then spent two seasons in the Motor City before being traded to the Texas Rangers.
Fielder had an excellent bounce-back season last year after a 2014 in which he was limited to 42 games. He was hitting just .212 with eight home runs, 44 RBIs and a .626 OPS for the Rangers this season before going down with the neck injury.
A six-time All-Star, Fielder will walk away with 319 career home runs — the same total slugged by his father, Cecil, who played in 13 seasons from 1985 to 1998.
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