When the struggling Texas slugger was asked if he wanted a mental break Prince Fielder shot back with an emphatic expletive.
As for whether any physical problems could describe a .187 batting average that resulted in his benching the past two games by manager Jeff Banister, Fielder said his bones and joints were fine.
“Just my heart and my feelings,” said the burly veteran, who had neck surgery two years ago.
Fielder, who is hitting .187 and has just one homer in his previous 39 games, was replaced at designated hitter by Jurickson Profar again Sunday against Seattle.
Profar filled in at second base during Rougned Odor’s seven -game suspension for punching Toronto’s Jose Bautista. Odor’s return Saturday prompted Profar’s move to DH.
Fielder said he wasn’t content with the determination of Banister, but understood and respected it.
”It occurs. It’s baseball. We had a lot of dilemmas, the same thing with lots of guys, last year. They turned it around, had great years. So I am no different. Not to mention, we are winning. Last year, we were not winning. We’re winning. Who I am to sit here and whine? We’re winning.”
Fielder was without many homers the first few months last year but among the AL’s leading batters before discovering his stroke and making the All-Star team with 14 homers and 54 RBIs at the break. He finished last season at .305 with 23 homers and 98 RBIs.
Recently, he was in an 0 – for – 12 tailspin when the move was made by Banister.
”I look at this as a 20-second timeout for a man that needs a 20-second timeout,” Banister said. ” Because in his own words. This is new land. Maybe you look through another lens when you’re in new territory. Who knows?”
Fielder was traded for by the Rangers when he was two years into the nine- year, $214 million contract he signed with Detroit in 2012. There are four complete years remaining on that deal, worth approximately $100 million.
With his batting average almost 100 points below his career mark of .283, Fielder bristles at questions over the accompanying loss of power. He recently ended a career-long homer drought at 34 games.
”You guys can have the power,” Fielder said. ”I’m trying to get hits. Attempting to drive in runs. I’m simply attempting to play baseball. I don’t care about homers.”