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Wilhelmsen recalls one particular Fielder AB

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on April 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm with 4 Comments »
April 24, 2012 3:14 pm

Tom Wilhelmsen and Prince Fielder had a pre-game reunion Tuesday, the first time the two had encountered each other on the field in years.

The Mariners reliever and Tigers first baseman were teammates on Miluwakee’s Class A team in Beloit.

“I was surprised he remembered me and came over to talk,” Wilhelmsen said. “He walked over and said, ‘Hey, I didn’t know you were a bar tender!’”

 Wilhelmsen broke into the majors with Seattle last season and has become the Mariners primary setup man out of the bullpen. After years with the Brewers, Fielder wound up with the Tigers this year as a free agent.

Memories?

“I remember a game when Prince swung so hard at a pitch he fell across the plate and landed on his side in the dirt,” Wilhelmsen said. “Pitchers don’t like that kind of swing.

 “The next pitch knocked him on his back. Now he’s up there and his uniform is dirty front and back. The third pitch is below the knees and Prince killed it.

“We were in a ballpark where the scoreboard had flames coming out the top – and the ball landed on top of the scoreboard in those flames. It had to be a five billion to one shot,” Wilhelmsen said.

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  1. TheLawOfUnintendedConsequences says:

    Larry, rumor has it batting coach Chris Chambliss’s head is on the chopping block.
    This is the perfect time for the M’s to make the move Texas made several years ago when they paid $3 Million per year to hire away the Brewer’s batting coach. At that time many laughed, today Texas is the best hitting team in baseball.
    You have to pay for excellence.
    We have excellent young players; let’s find and hire that hitting coach to bring our guys to the next level

  2. When Kawasaki “struck out” looking at two balls and one strike his first time up, and two balls that should have gone to the backstop were knocked down by the home plate ump–with M’s runners on base who should have advanced–not to mention the Fielder run when he was out at first–I thought, “Here we go again.” This was the kind of victory that impresses me. They overcame a lot of junk today.

  3. Timeout, I’ve been saying for the last 2 years the home plate umpire should be replaced with the Fox tracer.

    When we have the technology to get it right every time & in a timely manner, MLB are idiots not to use it.

  4. Moo, I don’t know how accurate the Fox tracer is. For example, is it adjusted for the height of the batter? When the umps go, a huge part of the game’s history goes with them…and I can’t gripe about them anymore. I’d miss yelling at Tim Tschida, Angel Hernandez and C. B. Bucknor (probably the worst since Eric Gregg). I just want MLB to ride herd on the umps and make sure their poor calls aren’t slanted toward or against particular teams. But I have a lot of sympathy for your opinion on this one.

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