Prince Fielder in better shape
Fresh Start For Fielder
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Prince Fielder doesn't know how much he weighs.
"Scales are not allowed in my house," he said.
But Fielder said he feels slimmer as he began workouts with the Texas Rangers, the third team he's played for in his career.
Fielder arrived in Arizona on Wednesday morning and went out to field ground balls and take batting practice with the rest of the Rangers' regulars. All of the club's position players are in camp, though the first official full squad workout isn't until Thursday.
Fielder looked thinner, though he joked maybe it was because he cut his hair.
"When you cut your hair, everybody thinks you lost weight," Fielder said.
He credited his offseason regimen, which included months of MMA training and fewer heavy weights, for getting him into better shape.
"I have no idea what it is, but I think I lost something," Fielder said. "I definitely lost something."
Fielder chatted with some of his new teammates on the field as they stretched before working out and says he's not worried about making the transition from Detroit to Texas.
"Everybody is laid back," Fielder said. "They work hard and everybody wants to have fun, which is a big deal when you have to be around people for so long."
Fielder called manager Ron Washington "awesome" and said he was looking forward to being a part of a lineup he thinks can score runs.
"Just as good, if not better [than what he had in Detroit]," Fielder said. "We've got Elvis [Andrus] hitting second, [Shin-Soo Choo] leading off, me third. It's pretty good. I'm excited. The top two guys have speed and can hit as well. They'll just set the table for the rest of us, which will be pretty fun."