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Prince Fielder says farewell to baseball

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Prince Fielder certainly never expected he'd be leaving the major leagues at the relatively young age of 32.But there he was Wednesday, speaking before a packed media conference in Arlington, Texas, biddingan emotional goodbye to the sport.MORE: Athletes' career-ending injuries"The doctors told me since I got two spinal fusions I can't play major league baseball anymore," saidFielder, still wearing a neck brace from recent disksurgery. "I just want to thank my teammates, all the coaching staff. I'm going to mi s being around those guys."Pointing to his two young sons, Jadyn and Haven,sitting beside him, Fielder said, "I've been in a big league Kyle Schwarber Jersey clubhouse since I was their age, so not being able to play is going to be tough. I'm happy I got to enjoy my career, and play with these guys."Fielderunderwent neck surgery to repair a diskherniationin July, and his medical condition lefthimunable to obtain medical clearance to return to the sport. His 2014 season also ended prematurely after neck surgery, although he rebounded in 2015 to earn AL Comeback Player of the Year honors.MORE: Fielder asked dumb question about Lou GehrigAt one point during the media conference, Fielder wiped away tears and said, "Shoot, I thought I was just going to cry in the car. Anybody have a ti sue?"Once one of the most feared sluggers in the game, Fielder had Javier Baez Jersey only eight home runs in 89 games this season, with a slash line of.212/.292/.334. He ends his career with 319 career home runs, coincidentally the same number as his father, Cecil, who played from 1985-98.The six-time All-Staralso tallied 1,028 RBIs and finished with a career slash line of.283/.382/.506."I want to thank my wife," Fielder said. "She's really helped me a lot. Like I said, this year's been a struggle. No matter what, she would always stay positive, and not let me get down on myself, and not let me mope."Fielder's media conference in its entirety:Even though Fielder won't be able to Anthony Rizzo Youth Cool Base Jersey play baseball any longer, he's still owed$24 million per year through 2020.


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