Prince Fielder: The Fantasy Baseball Impact!

You know you care. If you didn't care, you wouldn't be reading this. If you don't care and are still reading this, I don't know what your problem is but the problem is assuredly with you, and not this post. On we go!

Impact the first: welcome to third base eligibility, Miguel Cabrera! The last time Cabrera was a regular third baseman was 2007. The last time Cabrera got any playing time at all as a third baseman was 2008. He's not expected to be the Tigers' regular at the hot corner in 2012, but he should play there enough to gain eligibility in most leagues. That's third base eligibility for a guy with a three-year OPS of 1.005.

Impact the second: Prince Fielder's numbers are probably going to get worse. We're going to use handedness park factors from StatCorner, where 100 is average. Milwaukee has a lefty home run factor of 118, and an overall lefty factor of 100. That basically means Miller Park is about 18 percent more homer-friendly to lefties than the average stadium. Detroit has a lefty home run factor of 88, and an overall lefty factor of 97.

That's the sixth-lowest lefty home run factor in baseball. It's also tied for the fifth-lowest overall lefty factor in baseball. Fielder's shifting to a less friendly ballpark, and for whatever it's worth he's also shifting to what's still thought to be the superior league. Fielder's numbers should still be good, or great, but they should be a little lower.

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