DETROIT, MI (WKZO) The prince is home. After missing out by one pick on an 18-year-old Prince Fielder in the 2002 Major League Baseball draft the Tigers owner Mike Illitch finally has the man he has coveted since he was a 12-year-old kid hitting baseballs into the upper deck at Tiger Stadium. Fielder was announced officialy Thursday to a crowded press conference at Comerica Park. The biggest signing in the history of the Tigers organization came together solely because of Illitch's commitment to winning a World Series championship.
When asked how the deal came together following Victor Martinez injury Illitch replied: "I got thinking...I says you know they are all going to have pressure to match that .320 batting average and 120 RBI's and they are going to feel pressure filling that slot and I don’t want to run into that. I was telling Dave I would feel alot better if we can just totally solve that and than when he gets back we can have a really explosive team." So Illitch as it goes instructed Dombrowski to inquire about Fielders services.
The rest appears to be history at this point. Prince Fielder is now a Detroit Tiger through the 2020 season and it was a family affair at the press conference. Fielder brought his wife Chanel, his sons and Illitch remarked that this press conference was the first that his wife Marian was a major part of for the Tigers.
The deal is a monster one. 9 years, 214-million-dollars and reportedly tons of potential incentives should Fielder reach the All-Star game, win MVP awards or win the World Series. Video from the press conference is coming soon.