Following a two-sport career at OSU, Fields was the Chicago White Sox's first-round pick in 2004. Three years later he slammed 23 home runs his rookie season.
Fields struggled the next two years, was traded to Kansas City and was sidelined following hip surgery.
He played only 27 games in 2010 and spent most of 2011 in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants.
“Those were at-bats (scouts) didn't get to see,” Fields said. “This league is scouted pretty heavily. You're playing for the Isotopes, the Los Angeles Dodgers' affiliate. But you also know a bunch of teams could be looking at you. I'm excited with what I've done.”
He's encouraged his hip has withstood the rigors of a grueling season.
“I'm on a pretty strict regimen of what I can lift,” Fields said. “My manager has done an awesome job of giving me an occasional off day. I feel really good. It's been a really good season. We have a good chance to make the playoffs.”
It's another memorable chapter in an athletic career that includes a historic 16-13 upset over OU in Norman in 2001 followed by a 38-28 win the following year.
“It gives me stories I can always talk about,” Fields said. “But I had my time. Coach (Mike) Gundy has done a great job. What I like is I get to go back and just be a fan, tailgate and cheer, things I heard a lot about but I didn't get to do in college.
“I come back for a couple games every year. With them having the success they've had the past few years, it's made tailgating, homecoming, all of it a lot of fun.”