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“We’re still looking at different ways to get better,” Daniels said. “I think we’ve got a pretty good start. … A 29-year old power hitter in the prime of his career, one of the most productive players in the game. Maybe just as importantly to us, he really stands for a lot of thing and exemplifies a lot of the things that Wash pushes, and you see from our team. He has fun out there, but he plays hard, comes to play every day, runs hard, doesn’t take at-bats off.”

Fielder has played in 505 consecutive major league games, giving the stout first baseman the longest current active streak. He has played in 809 of 810 possible games since the start of 2009.

Asked about his will to want to play every day, Fielder talked about fouling a ball off of his shin when he was 11 years old.

“My dad told me I wasn’t hurt, and I didn’t know what he meant and he walked away and didn’t talk to me for like a day or two,” Fielder said. “From then on, I was like all right, I guess that means you should play unless it’s broken. I just decided to play no matter what.”