Torii Hunter Comes to the Defense of Prince Fielder

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It is no secret that Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder has struggled mightily this season. While some have been quick to criticize him, his teammate, Torii Hunter, recently felt the need to defend him.

"Prince is a strong guy, man. A lot of people don't know what's going on in his life," Hunter said. "He's out there every day, won't come out of the lineup, no matter what's going on off the field or on the field.

"Us as players, we know what's really going on. And we appreciate him going out there every day," he added.

Since his rookie year in 2005, Fielder has been one of the most consistent first baseman in all of baseball. But in 2013, he's barely resembled his former self. Through 118 games, the 29-year-old is batting .262 with a .353 one base percentage. His 17 home runs is even low for Fielder at this point in the season as he's projected to hit just 23 home runs, which would be the lowest mark of his career since becoming a full time player. He's on pace to set career-lows this season in batting average, home runs, runs, on base percentage, and slugging percentage.

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