A New Prince in Lakeland

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By Ross Lippman — 03/07/12
Motown’s future is looking bright. It’s all because of a Prince….Fielder that is. The Tigers may have found their key to a World Series title by signing Prince Fielder to a $214 million, nine-year contract.
After losing to the Texas Rangers in last year’s ALCS, the Tigers organization was inclined to add one more bat to an already strong lineup. Fielder may have more than fulfilled that need and he understands he comes with high expectations.
“It’s actually a good pressure. Because if people expect you to win the World Series, you should expect it yourself. So we’re just going to go out there and see what happens,” he said.
At their spring training camp in Lakeland, the Tigers are showing how strong their team can be. In six exhibition games, the Tigers have scored 43 runs and have only allowed eight.
The combination of one of the strongest pitching staffs and one of the best lineups in baseball leads ESPN’s Buster Olney to believe that the Tigers may be the team to beat. While watching batting practice, Olney remarked that out of all the teams he had seen this spring, the Tigers offense looks the strongest.
Detroit opens its regular season on April 5th at home against the Boston Red Sox.