MINNEAPOLIS -- Dale Sveum was Prince Fielder's hitting coach for three seasons in Milwaukee, and on Tuesday, he'll see one of his favorite players again when the Cubs open a three-game Interleague series against the Tigers at Wrigley.
"He's one of my favorite guys I've ever been around and coached," Sveum said. "I don't want to see him in the lineup."
It's not just Fielder's hitting that impresses Sveum.
"He's one of those special guys, not even his numbers, just the way he plays the game and comes to play every single day and comes to win," Sveum said. "He cares as much as anybody I've been around. He loved to talk hitting and goof around. He's one of my favorites and a guy you'll never forget and a guy you'll always pull for, just not those three days."
Since Sveum knows Fielder well, does he know how to get him out?
"I know," Sveum said, "But like I said other times when we faced the Brewers, you have to execute. There are some things I see him doing a little better that he struggled with the last couple years. We'll see with the stuff we've got.
"There's ways to get him out, but there's still the execution factor and being ahead in the count has to do with everything when you're trying to put a sequence together when you're trying to get those hitters out."