A day after he declared that “everything’s fine,” news broke that Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder had filed for divorce in May.
The two were married in 2005 during the Triple-A All-Star break while Fielder was playing for the Nashville Sounds.
They have two young sons together, Haven and Jadyn.
They renewed their wedding vows last winter, just before Prince signed the biggest contract in Tigers history.
In the latest filing with the court Tuesday, Chanel Fielder asked for her attorney fees and costs to be covered.
The News Herald reports that after hearing news of Fielder’s divorce, many Tigers’ fans are starting to wonder if that’s why he’s been struggling this year. Not that Fielder is doing bad, he’s just not performing to the standard fans have become used to.
Fielder, who was the No. 7 pick in the 2002 Major League Baseball draft, signed a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Tigers in Jan. 2012. He entered Wednesday’s game at U.S. Cellular Field hitting .219 with five home runs and 27 RBIs during his last 50 games.
He hit .313 with 30 home runs in 162 games last season, with a .412 on-base percentage and a .528 slugging percentage.
Entering Tuesday, he was hitting .261 with 17 home runs in 117 games, with a .352 on-base percentage and a .432 slugging percentage.
Prince, himself, is a child of divorce, with Cecil and Stacey Fielder splitting in 2004. That greatly affected Prince, a Brewers minor leaguer at the time who, to this day, has no relationship with his father. That’s after they were very close all those years at Tiger Stadium, even filming a classic McDonald’s commercial together.