Slugger, Cecil become second father-son duo in MLB with 300-plus long balls
By Jamie Ross
TORONTO -- Prince Fielder clubbed his 300th career homer in the Rangers' series opener against the Blue Jays on Friday, but the milestone dinger was bittersweet.
"It's cool," Fielder said after the Rangers dropped their sixth straight game in a 12-2 loss to the Blue Jays. "I'd like to get some more, but yeah, I'm definitely happy about it. Unfortunately, we didn't get to win on it."
The slugging DH wasted no time putting the Rangers on the board as he went deep to right field off lefty Mark Buehrle in the top of the first inning to spot the visitors an early -- yet short-lived -- one-run lead.
Fielder's 12th long ball of the season brought he and his dad, Cecil (319), into some exclusive company as only the second father-son duo in Major League history to hit 300-plus home runs, placing them alongside Barry and Bobby Bonds.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said despite the loss, he was glad the team could celebrate such an important achievement with Fielder.
"I'm sure he would much rather celebrate the win, but we'll give him the ball, tell him congratulations and celebrate with him," Banister said.
Considering Fielder missed nearly the entire 2014 season due to injury, his success so far in 2015 is all the more impressive.
After going 2-for-4 at the plate on Friday, Fielder notched his MLB-best 31st multihit game of the season. He's reached base safely at least twice in eight of his past nine games.
"It shows I've been able to stay in the game for a while, and I'm very happy with that," Fielder said. "Happy to be able to be healthy for a lot of those years, except for last year, and I'm definitely grateful for the years I have been healthy."
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.