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Prince Fielder Is Baseballs Oscar Madison

10/10/2012

Prince Fielder first baseman for Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers is a slob – at least in terms of physical appearance.

I’m not a fan of the pajama style pants players wear today, but Fielder’s 5’11”, 275-pound frame brings the major league baseball uniform to a unprecedented low.

Baseball uniforms have changed surprisingly little over the past century. Sure, fabrics have gotten lighter, color schemes are a bit bolder and cap brims are a little longer. But when you look at the big picture, only one element of the uniform has undergone a major change: the pants.

Surprisingly MLB doesn’t have a rule regarding pant length. If the commissioner’s office tried to impose one, that would constitute a change of the game’s rules, which would require the approval of the players’ union (an approval you can be sure it’d never give). So the pajama look isn’t going anywhere, at least for now.

Fielder, born in Ontario, California, is a devotee of what’s known as the “Dominican style” pant – which is baggy and long with the backs of the pants hooked under the cleats to keep them in place.

Whatever you want to call Fielder’s look is up to you, but it’s difficult to deny that on his doughy body it looks pretty rough. All that fabric makes Fielder appear slower and sloppier than he really is, and that’s saying something.

With a $23 million dollar salary this year it’s possible Fielder could hire a tailor to refine the fit of his pants a bit. So far Fielder has played 162 games this season – which works out to $141,975 per game. Apparently that’s not enough for tailoring. The alternative is shedding 40 – 50 pounds, so tailoring becomes an easier solution, doesn’t it Prince?

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