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Prince Fielder and Tigers fans: What's next?

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Prince Fielder has been a common target for frustrated Tigers fans. Prince Fielder has been a common target for frustrated Tigers fans.

(WJBK) -- It's safe to say, the relationship between Detroit Tigers fans and Prince Fielder isn't exactly chummy at the moment.

Fielder struggled at the plate against Oakland and Boston, stretching his streak of postseason games with an RBI streak to 18.

Boos became a familiar sound from the Comerica Park stands following his at-bats. To which, Fielder had this to say: "I'm just trying to hit the ball hard. I can't worry about the crowd, you know? Because if they could do it, they would play. I'm just trying to hit the ball hard."

Fans took to social media sites  to voice their displeasure. A simple 'Prince Fielder' search on Twitter shows a slue of frustrated fans.

Then, following Saturday's Game 6 performance where he went 0-for-3 with a costly base running error, Fielder offered the following comments on what it's like to face the reality of the season being over: "It's not really tough, man, for me. You know, it's over. I got kids I gotta take care of. I got things I gotta take care of. For me, it's over bro."

Those comments rubbed fans the wrong way.

Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp says we shouldn't read into them too much. He says Prince does care, but he's not the rah-rah type of guy that will show much emotion.

Click the video player to watch a full breakdown of the Tigers postseason.

Sharp adds, "If this team cannot win a championship in 2014, (Fielder's contract) becomes one of the worst contracts in baseball. The Tigers are going to have to seriously consider finding some way to move him even if it means eating half of that salary. He is not going to be able to stay in Detroit past 2014, if he struggles in 2014 and this team doesn't win a World Series."

What do you think? Are we being too hard on Fielder? He wasn't the only Tiger to struggle. Austin Jackson struck out 18 times in 47 plate appearances. Omar Infante, Alex Avila and Torri Hunter all hit under .210.
 
"People have short memories," says radio host Sean Baligian. "There comes a time when you should talk and when you shouldn't talk and I hope Prince Fielder gets that. There's nothing wrong with talking, but there are some things you shouldn't say, especially in lieu of you struggling and the team losing."

SOUND OFF your thoughts on Fielder, the Tigers and what's next for your boys of summer.

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