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Fielder laughs at the notion, saying he relies on Braun as much as his teammates rely on him. But Fielder never wants to leave the field. He has waved off his manager in spring training to stay in meaningless games and he says he can't let his teammates down.
Manager Ken Macha said as long as Fielder is positive, he won't step in.
"I don't want to curb his strong desire to do what he needs to do just so the adrenaline is going in the right direction," Macha said. "Coming into the dugout, breaking things up, he doesn't do that at all.
"He keeps it inside, so your focus is on what you want to do as compared to what you do. I think it's hard to play the game, period. But when you're not in control of your emotions, you really have a difficult time."
For all of Fielder's fiery emotions, he can control himself much better than his first years in the league.
Last season, Fielder started all 162 games and played but four innings. His line was MVP worthy, hitting .299 with 46 homers and 141 RBIs. To the Brewers, no single player is more valuable to his team.
"I'm a little prejudiced, I look at it this way, those other guys that were voted ahead of him in MVP, it would've been real easy to make a case for Prince had we won five or six more games," Macha said. "He would've been voted ahead of those guys."
Fielder will play every day no matter what, like his father, 13-year veteran Cecil Fielder, always wanted to do.
"I don't like coming out. If I can walk, if I can hold a bat, I want to play. I think that's just how, growing up, my dad was similar to that," he said. "So I think just by watching him and realizing the opportunity that I have to be able to play every day at the level that I can, I don't want to take it for granted. If I can play, I want to always be out there.
"This doesn't last for ever."
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