Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rift between Fielders Still There, Says Dad

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rift between Fielders Still There, Says Dad

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If you think Prince Fielder signing with his father's team last month is going to help continue to bridge the gap between son and 1990s Tigers star Cecil Fielder, think again.

Dismissing talk of an "improving" relationship with his son, Cecil Fielder told the St. Petersburg Times Friday before his induction into the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame he has no interest in going to see Prince play and instead delivered a stinging rebuke of the 27-year-old who signed a nine-year, $214 million free agent deal with the Tigers.

"As a father, of course you're proud of what your son's been able to accomplish on the field," said Cecil, now 48. "But as a father also you worry about how he is growing as a man, how -- I want to say this correctly -- how he is communicating with everybody that had something to do with how he got to where he is. And that part of my son, I think we're all a little disappointed."

Cecil Fielder said Prince has no relationship with any members of their extended family, including his ill grandparents; he "hides behind" agent Scott Boras' representatives to dodge discussing his family; and he shows no appreciation for those who helped him along the way.

For example, Cecil Fielder said: "We all knew the kid was obese. He had a hard time running to first base without getting tired. You don't transform your body by yourself, you've got to have trainers, you've got to have people cooking for you, there's a lot of things that go into that.

"There's a lot of people that wish he would get over whatever he's got going on with his self. ... And once he gets rid of that, I think those people he needs to reach out to other than me, I think hopefully he will."

Cecil Fielder said he took family to see Prince play in Atlanta a few years ago and when they went into the family waiting area postgame, security made them leave. …

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