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Prince Fielder: 'I sucked, but I didn't have to be reminded of it'

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Prince Fielder and his family at Monday's Texas Rangers' press conference. Prince Fielder and his family at Monday's Texas Rangers' press conference.
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers introduced Prince Fielder Monday, five days after acquiring him in a blockbuster trade of All-Stars, with popular second baseman Ian Kinsler going to Detroit.

Fielder was only two seasons into the $214 million, nine-year contract he signed with Detroit before the 2012 season.

At the news conference, Fielder talked about the trade and his rough tenure with the Tigers that included a postseason stretch of 18 games without an RBI.

"Everybody was on me a little bit about my performance, but rightfully so," said Fielder. "I sucked, but I didn't have to be reminded of it. Hopefully, we can make some better memories here."

With his new team also comes a new jersey number. Fielder will wear No. 84 with the Rangers, not the No. 28 he had worn through his 1,322 career games with Milwaukee (2005-11) and Detroit (2012-13).

"It's a new start I guess, and 84 is the year I was born. It's just fresh," he said. "I think it works."

That also happens to be the last year the Tigers won the World Series.

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