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Has Prince Fielder's divorce affected him on the field?

Divorce can be as stressful in Ohio as it is everywhere else, but it seems it might have had a palpable impact on Detroit Tigers first basemen Prince Fielder. In fact, over the last 50 games, Fielder has hit only .219 and driven in only 27 runs, according to USA TODAY. On Aug. 14, Fielder's teammate Torii Hunger was interviewed on an area radio station. He said that he and the rest of the team appreciated that Fielder would continue to play despite the effect his off-field woes might have on him. Fielder later stated firmly that everything was "fine."

On Aug. 15, however, it came to light that Fielder had filed for dissolution of marriage back in May. Fielder's soon-to-be ex-wife filed a motion asking the Tigers star to cover attorney fees and court costs. Neither party's lawyer could be reached for official comment; however, when asked if he thought his problems were nobody's business, Fielder replied that he agreed.

Hunter said he heard the hosts of the show talking about Fielder not doing his job, and he also stated that he felt he had to have his teammate's back. Hunter further clarified his comments by saying he thought people didn't appreciate the sacrifices Fielder was making for the team and also stated that he had some family issues himself and that people would never see it.

A divorce lawyer might be able to help if your marriage has gone beyond repair, even if you're not a famous slugger. The lawyer could help negotiate with the other spouse, draft documents, catalog assets and file all applicable paperwork in order to make the process go more smoothly.

Source: USA TODAY, "Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder files for divorce", Tammy Stables Battaglia and George Sipple, August 15, 2013

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