CHICAGO -- There's a new active iron man in the Major Leagues.
With Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp going on the disabled list Monday with a strained left hamstring, Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder is now MLB's active leader in consecutive games played. Fielder entered Tuesday's game against the White Sox having played in 216 straight games.
Fielder, listed at 5-foot-11 and 275 pounds, wouldn't be the first player to pop into many fans' minds when thinking about iron men. But he has been quite durable throughout his eight-year career.
Fielder has missed only one game since Sept. 3, 2008, a Sept. 13, 2010, matchup against the Astros in which he was sick with a stomach virus. That off-day snapped Fielder's 326-game streak, which at the time was the longest in the Majors.
Now Fielder is back atop that list. Entering action Tuesday, Cincinnati's Joey Votto (161), Boston's Dustin Pedroia (135) and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki (135) were next in line.