11/18 Sveum on Fielder: He plays harder than anyone
Dale Sveum is a big fan of Prince Fielder.
“It’s just the way he plays the game,” Sveum said Friday. “It’s nice to watch a guy play and want to play every single day. He hits
the ball, he’s running as hard as he can. He pops up to the infield, he runs, every single day. It’s not like he takes the day off — ‘Oh, I’m mad today.’ Catchers, look out if he’s going to score.
“We were very fortunate,” Sveum said. “We had two of those guys, Rickie Weeks and [Fielder] who played the game as hard as anybody who ever played the game. [Fielder] definitely plays harder than anybody in the game now. When you get one, two, three, four guys to play that way, everybody falls into the way you want to play the game.”
Fielder is a free agent but doesn’t appear to be on the Cubs’ wish list.
“You’d like to have a lot of great players, all the great free agents out there,” Sveum said. “We’re trying to do something here in Chicago to build now and win right now but be smart about it, too.”
— Carrie Muskat