Prince, Braun among Crew’s 2022 honorees

MILWAUKEE — Prince Fielder, the Brewers’ single-season home run king who helped lift the franchise back to contention in the late 2000s, will receive the club’s highest honor when he is inducted to the Walk of Fame at American Family Field next summer.

The team made that announcement on Thursday while also saying Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy would be inducted to the Brewers Wall of Honor, and that the late Wes Covington would be inducted to the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor outside the stadium. Covington was to be added in 2020, but his induction has been delayed by the pandemic.

Details of those ceremonies will be announced at a later date.

The headliner is Fielder, Milwaukee’s first-round Draft pick in 2003. He was best known then as the son of former Major League slugger Cecil Fielder but soon made his own name in the game, setting a then-franchise rookie record with 28 home runs in 2006 before smashing 50 home runs in ’07, a Brewers record. At 23 years and 139 days old, he was the youngest player ever to reach that milestone, breaking a record held by Hall of Famer Willie Mays.

And Fielder kept hitting. In 2008 he hit 34 home runs with 102 RBIs while teaming with Braun and midseason acquisition CC Sabathia to lead the Brewers to their first postseason berth in 26 years. In ’09 Fielder played all 162 games, hit 46 homers…

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