Cecil Fielder Prince Fielder 319 career homers


If your into fun facts and baseball, the Fielders are likely your family line of choice. As in Cecil and his son Prince making his debut on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for 2022. The two of them did one of the craziest and most contradicting feats in the history of sport: they got exactly the same number of career home runs.

And no, they didn’t hit zero or one or two each time. These were productive home run hitters, each ending with exactly 319 career balls. How are the chances?

The two took different routes to 319. Cecil was drafted by the Orioles in the 31st round of the MLB June Draft 1981, but did not sign and was then taken over by the Royals in the second phase of the ’82 draft in the fourth round . The Royals traded him to the Blue Jays in February 1983, and he debuted for them in July 1985. He hit 31 homers in 220 games between ’85 and ’88 and never played more than 82 games in a season. In 1989 he went to Japan and played for the Hanshin Tigers, where he met 38 homers in 106 games.

He returned to the majors for the 1990 season, hitting a career high of 51 homers for the Tigers, with whom he signed in the off-season. From 1990 to 1996 he scored at least 28 home runs each season. At 13 in ’97 and 17 in ’98, he finished with 319.

Prince’s career bears the mark of “what could have been” after post-2016 injuries forced him to quit. The Brewers put him seventh overall in the 2002 draft and he made his debut for them in June ’05. He scored 50 homers in 2007 and 283 by 2006-13, fourth highest in this range behind Albert Pujols (291), Miguel Cabrera (287) and Ryan Howard (287).

At this point he was never on the injured list in his career. In 2014, however, he suffered a neck injury that required an end-of-season surgery. In 15 he returned to some degree, hitting 23 homers and making it to the All-Star team, but in 16 the neck problems resurfaced, put him back on the list of injured and eventually retired at the age of 32 years old, Fielder signed a free agent contract with his father’s Detroit Tigers in 2012, then traded to the Rangers who entered year 14.

Other connections and similarities

We know both Fielders have completed 319 home runs in their careers, but that and their ancestry aren’t the only similarities. Cecil made his debut in 1985 at the age of 21. Prince made his debut in 2005, Also as a 21 year old.

Another minor thing about the two is that they remain the only father-son duo to have a 50-homer season each in their careers. They were the only couple of their kind with a 40-homer season each before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ’21 was on that list to his father. But the Fielders’ father-son club with 50 homers seems to be safe for a while, as Guerrero Sr. never scored more than 44 homers in a season.

Let’s look at these Homers for more connections. Cecil has fended off 199 pitchers during his career while Prince has defended 245 different players. The Venn diagram of these hurlers shows two overlaps: Tom Gordon and Jamie Moyer – the only throwers to give at least one homer to each fielder. Cecil met three homers from Gordon while Prince met one. And Cecil met Moyer one while Prince met two.

As for venues, Cecil has played in 23 baseball stadiums while Prince has played in 32. It’s important to remember that Cecil’s career took place almost entirely before Interleague Play – and he’s always been an AL player for the Tigers, Blue Jays, Angels, and Yankees. There are only four parks that both were at home, also for this reason and the gap between the two players’ careers, with many teams, including the Tigers, building new stadiums. They both came at Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park, Camden Yards, and the Metrodome Home. Also keep in mind that a new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 and Prince never played in the previous version in case that was the next question.

And we will leave you with these last wild connections. Yes, they finished with the same number of home runs overall. But they also finished with the same number of home runs in some very special situations. For example: everyone hit exactly four home runs in at-bats with runners on both second and third base, with no one on first. You scored exactly 49 home runs in the fourth inning, exactly 29 in the fifth and 18 in the ninth. With exactly two outs? 97 home runs. Which also means that their total number is the same with fewer than two outs: 222 per fielder.

Of course, those similarities are more likely when there are exactly 319 home runs each. But still these add extra qualifiers and still give us equality. Because, as always, baseball is the best.


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