Prince hits 50, but it's 52 he wants to 'shut up' his dad

Updated: September 26, 2007, 11:18 AM ET
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MILWAUKEE -- Prince Fielder's 50th home run Tuesday, which made him the youngest player in major league baseball history to reach the mark, rekindled talk of the bad blood between him and his father, ex-big leaguer Cecil Fielder.

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Prince Fielder, who passed Willie Mays as the youngest to reach 50 in a season, said he wants to hit 52 home runs this season. That would be one more than his father hit in 1990 for the Detroit Tigers.

"My dad had 51," Fielder said. "Then, he can't say anything."

After the Milwaukee crowd chanted "MVP" following a two-homer game Tuesday, Fielder was asked what a Most Valuable Player award would mean to him.

"It would be a cool award to get but that's not something I think about," he said, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "besides the fact my dad never did it. If I do get it, that shuts him up again."

Young At 50
Prince Fielder
Fielder
Ruth, Mays ... put Fielder at the top of one list. Prince Fielder became the youngest player in MLB history to reach 50 home runs in a season.
Player
Years-Days
Season, Team
Prince Fielder23-1392007, Brewers
Willie Mays24-1371955, Giants
Jimmie Foxx24-3171932, Athletics
Ralph Kiner24-3261947, Pirates
Mickey Mantle24-3341956, Yankees
Babe Ruth25-2311920, Yankees

Prince and Cecil Fielder's relationship, strained for years (despite the fact Cecil Fielder negotiated his son's first contract), was fractured even further earlier this year when Cecil reportedly said his son was drafted in the first round only because of his family tree.

After Tuesday's game, Prince said: "That's what drives me. People said I was too big and all this, and the only reason I got drafted was because of the name.

"That's why I'm so passionate about playing. I don't mind people comparing me to him but I'm a completely different player. One day I want people to mention my name and not have to mention his."

In June, Cecil Fielder was quoted as saying: "I don't think he's grown up yet. Until he can move on and talk to me like he's my son, we don't need to talk."

Asked about his father's recent comments Tuesday, Prince Fielder said: "You've got to look at who's saying it. Let's be honest. He's not really the brightest guy."

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