The Texas Rangers‘ new first baseman, Prince Fielder, has always been known as a husky player. Before he joined the Rangers he spoke to the front office about staying committed to working out and being in shape.
“He spoke to us about how committed he is to trying to stay in shape, stay athletic, stay nimble, and I think it’s something that he’s very focused about, he’s very aware of, and I think based on what we heard, we really didn’t have too much doubt that he was going to do whatever it took to stay on the field,” Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine went on “Ben & Skin” on KRLD 105.3, via the Dallas Morning News. ”And you really don’t have to look too much further than the back of his baseball card to see under the title of games, that he’s averaged somewhere between 155 and 162 games almost every year of his career, so whatever he’s doing has worked. He’s going to add the element this year of playing in the heat, but I’m quite sure he’s going to figure out a way this offseason to prepare himself as best he can to withstand that, because he prides himself on being able to go out there every single day to help his team win the game.”
In a special for ESPN, Fielder revealed his workout plan which shifted away from weight training to MMA-style training.
“Years past I was lifting weights and lifting heavy, I’m getting older, I’m almost 30 now,” Fielder said. “I have a fear of failure, for me I’m working all that fear away. Our sport is a team sport, but my team can’t be in the box while I’m hitting so for me I never want to let my team down or my teammates, I’m eliminating fear.”