Prince Fielder Makes Comerica Park Look Small

By David Fouty
Rick Osentoski – USA TODAY Sports

Prince Fielder has one of the most ferocious swings in baseball.  So much so that he has the ability to make one of the biggest ballparks in the MLB seem minuscule.

Four of Fielder’s seven home runs this year have come at Comerica Park, where the center field fence stretches 420 feet from home plate.  He has homered in back-to-back games and will look to keep the streak alive in Texas as the Detroit Tigers take on the Houston Astros.

Houston’s right field porch sits just 326 feet from home plate which makes it seem like a high school field compared to Comerica.

Fielder finished with a batting average over .300 for the first time in his career last year, partly due to the bigger ballpark he played in. More importantly, it seems he is picking and choosing when to swing for the fences.  While the old Prince Fielder looked to hit the ball hard every time he got to the plate, he now possesses the ability to go the other way if he chooses.

Fielder is on pace to hit over 30 home runs this year, which is nothing to scoff at when you play half of your games in Detroit.  He hit 30 homers last year in his first season with the Tigers. However, if you asked him, he would probably prefer to hit over .300 again if he had the choice.

He has the potential to lead the league in the category, despite Comerica’s vast expanses.  Hopefully for Tigers’ fans, many more majestic bat-flips are in the near future.

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