DETROIT - Power-hitting first baseman Prince Fielder, who said it was "a dream come true," was introduced Thursday by the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park after finalizing a $214 million, nine-year contract, the fourth-largest deal in baseball history.
"I just never thought this could happen," said the son of former Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder.
Fielder recalled hanging around Tiger Stadium when his father played for Detroit.
"For me, it was always Sparky saying I was going to pinch-hit - and I really believed him," Fielder said, referring to former managerSparky Anderson. "I'm just glad I get to come back."
With Detroit desperate to win its first World Series title since 1984, the big first baseman will combine with Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers perhaps the most formidable Nos. 3-4 hitters in the major leagues. But with Cabrera shifting to third, it also will give Detroit a potentially troublesome defense at the infield corners.