The Brewers offseason began a couple of months ago, but in all likelihood it won't really begin until Prince Fielder signs with another team. The players don't believe he will be back, Prince doesn't think he'll be back, the management doesn't really believe he'll be back and deep down you and I know that he won't be back, but still we wait. We wait because there is a chance, no matter how small, that Prince will be back and everything will return to normality. I mean, if nobody offers him a contract he'd have to accept the Brewers offer! That could happen, right? It won't, but it could and until it doesn't happen we will wait.
But why? Why should we wait? Sure, he's been apart of our team for years and he's given us some really great memories, but do we really need him? Do we even want him? Should we even care that Prince Fielder is leaving?
Don't get me wrong, I love Prince Fielder. I would like for Prince Fielder to be a Milwaukee Brewer forever, retire and open a car dealership in Milwaukee where I can overpay for a Ford Fusion with a big number twenty eight on the back. That's what I'd love to happen, but unfortunately we don't live in that world. We live in a world where every dollar spent needs to be held accountable and bring back a certain amount of production. That $/talent/production equation just doesn't work for Prince Fielder because Prince Fielder is not our future and if we're being honest he wasn't our past either.
Because Ryan Braun is all of that.
Prince Fielder is a talented hitter and he is a great person to have on your team, but make no mistake of who the star of the Brewers 3/4 hitters was. It was Ryan Braun. Prince Fielder was awesome, but he went as Ryan Braun went.
- Prince's 50 homerun MVP candidate season came in Braun's rookie year. The same season Braun started batting in front of him. COINCIDENCE?
- Prince Fielder's OPS dropped the following year. Also dropping? Braun's OPS. Beginning the patter of as Braun goes, Prince goes.
- In 2009 Prince Fielder had a team record (and league best) 141 RBIs. Ryan Braun had a (then) career best on-base-percentage. Another coincidence?
- 2010 was another off year for Braun and Fielder as Braun's OPS dropped 71 points and Prince's 173. What came first?
- Ryan Braun finally took over the role of hitting alpha male in 2011 as he inarguably had a better season, winning the MVP award. Prince's great season once again coincided with a great season of Braun's, but this time it was clear who the better player was.