Miguel Cabrera Mugshot Was Turrible Sacked by the LBS Nut Bag for Smiling

We’ve got this new feature here at LBS we’re debuting and it’s called the LBS Nut Bag. We’ve decided that anyone in the sports world who deserves to be publically shamed here at LBS will be “sacked” by the LBS Nut Bag. Feel free to email in tips of anyone you think who needs to be sacked.

The first athlete to get sacked by the LBS Nut Bag is Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. The 2010 AL MVP runner-up made headlines on Thursday, and it wasn’t for being the first player to homer in Spring Training. Oh no. Miggy instead was channeling his Tony La Russa in Florida, getting arrested for DUI and resisting arrest. The details from the police will no doubt make you laugh and cry.

    - When an officer asked who was with him, Cabrera responded, “I am going to f—— kill him” despite being alone in the car.

    – He drank from a bottle of James Buchanan’s Scotch Whisky on the roadside, in the presence of at least one officer.

    – He refused to obey instructions from officers, at one point saying, “Do you know who I am? You don’t know anything about my problems.” When one officer asked Cabrera to get into a patrol vehicle, Cabrera replied, “F— you.”

Who the heck drinks from a bottle of Scotch IN FRONT OF AN OFFICER and WHILE THEY ARE GETTING ARRESTED? This guy’s an Idiot with a capital I! Honestly, every bit that Miggy stands out from his competition on the diamond is how much he stands out from the average criminal in terms of stupidity.

Then, as if drinking in front of an officer and resisting arrest wasn’t disrespectful enough, he freaking puts on a giant cheeser in his mugshot. What is up with this guy? Who smiles after a DUI arrest? Someone who doesn’t care, thinks they can beat the charges, and someone that downright disrespectful. Jeezus.

It’s all really just a shame because we thought Cabrera had cleaned up his life after his drunked arrest at the end of the 2009 season that cost the Tigers the division. He supposedly got clean last off-season, put the drinks down, and had the best year of his career. And now he kicks off the 2011 season like this? Not good at all. Why can’t he get serious about his career and his life?

MLB 2011 Preview: Milwaukee Brewers with Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum

Previewing the 2011 MLB season, we’ve already named the Phillies, Yankees, and Red Sox the top World Series favorites. This week, we’re taking a look at the NL Central. Monday: St. Louis Cardinals; Tuesday: Cincinnati Reds; Wednesday: Milwaukee Brewers

The Must-Win Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Off-Season Moves: The Brewers greatly improved their rotation when they pulled off one of this off-season’s most shocking and successful moves, acquiring Zack Greinke in a trade as well as Shaun Marcum.  They also added the seemingly ageless Takashi Saito to set-up for closer John Axford.

Strengths: The story of the Prince Fielder/Ryan Braun Brewers has always been hitting. Those two, along with Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart and Casey McGehee will keep opposing pitchers up at night. Weeks finally stayed healthy and had a season worthy of his potential and will need to build on that success. Hart had a nice bounce-back season, hitting 31 home runs. Prince Fielder has been an every-other-year kind of guy his whole career, and will be going into his walk year, so expect monster numbers from him on par with his 2007 and 2009 season.

Like the Cardinals, the Brewers feature a strong rotation 1-4, and have the division’s best 1-3 in Greinke, Yovani Gallardo and Marcum. Gallardo is this team’s best breakout candidate, featuring plus stuff with improving command. Greinke is only one year removed from being in the discussion for best pitcher in baseball and should rebound well this season, playing in the National League and for a contender for the first time. Marcum could also experience a boost in his numbers as well, pitching outside of the American League East. Randy Wolf, Chris Narveson and Manny Parra are underrated in their own ways and fill out the back of the rotation well.

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Matt Latos ‘I Hate SF!’ Autograph Shows a Competitive Side (Picture)

Matt Latos has made his contribution to American Icon Autographs in fiery fashion.  The San Diego Padres pitcher recently signed three baseballs that will be auctioned off on eBay with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the MLB Players Alumni Association.  His message on each ball is simple: “I hate SF!” Check it out:

Good for him.  The Giants are the defending World Series Champions, are from the same state as the Padres, and may be a better team, but Latos doesn’t like them.  Naturally, there will be people who call this classless and say there was no need for him to write it, but we need more of this in sports.  Latos has already had to respond to critics, saying in regard to the autograph: “I did it all in fun. It’s no disrespect to them. It was for charity.”

Just like there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Tom Brady saying he hates the Jets, there’s nothing wrong with expressing your feelings about a rival.  Well, the Padres aren’t really qualified enough to have a rival, but you get the point.  Thanks to Big League Stew via SI Hot Clicks for the picture.

Cameron Maybin Complains About Panda Express Food, Angers Padres Ownership?

Cameron Maybin has never been a guy that plays by the rules — just check out his wacky at-bat music if you don’t believe us. The young outfielder was traded to San Diego from Florida this off-season, and he may have already gotten himself into a little hot water by criticizing ownership indirectly. Padres fan site Gaslamp Ball picked up on a tweet by Maybin Tuesday where he complained about the food at Panda Express:

The one word blacked out was minor profanity, but you could imagine what it says. Ordinarily you might not think anything of the tweet, but some astute Gaslamp Ball readers made the connection that one of the team’s minority owners — Tom Davin — was also the CEO of Panda Express from 2004-2009. It’s not the worst thing that could happen, but I’m sure it may result in a phone call from Mr. Davin. And if Chris Denorfia is starting in center on opening day, we all know why.

UPDATE: Maybin has now tried to make nice, tweeting “Man just got back on the wagon panda express was great today, now I’m ready for action…. Best oriental cuisine around… Let’s go…!”

Donald Trump Will Not Own the Mets

From their play on the field, to the questionable behavior of their fans, and the problems within the stadium, the New York Mets have long been a favorite target here at LBS. Matters weren’t helped much when it was announced two weeks ago that the Mets were looking for minority owners in an effort to fund raise. The team’s owners — the Wilpon family — is being sued by the victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, and they could be forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Enter The Donald.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Donald Trump has interest in owning the Mets, and that he was trying to set up a meeting with Fred Wilpon to discuss the possibilities. While the nugget of info certainly is juicy, it’s nothing more than a fun story the Times knew would be attractive for fans and the media.


In the third paragraph of their story it states that Trump “made it clear that he would be interested only in buying a majority stake in the team.”


Donald Trump as the new owner of the Mets? I’m sure we can all envision how that one would go first day on the job “Terry Collins, you’re fired!” but sadly that’s not going to happen. There’s no way the Wilpons are giving up a majority stake in the club, and there’s no way The Donald will take anything less. Have you ever known Trump to be anything less than “the man”? Does The Donald take a backseat to anyone? Of course not. That’s why this will never happen, regardless of how endless the fun could be. Sadly, we’ll just have to settle for the Steinbrenners and McCourts to provide us with owner fodder.

Atlanta Braves Jason Heyward-Proof Spring Training Cars with ‘Heyward Tents’

Jason Heyward was one of the most hyped-up players in baseball last season and he did not disappoint. The 21-year-old outfielder blasted a three-run home run to deep right field off Carlos Zambrano in his first career at-bat, and that paved the way for an All-Star selection. Unfortunately for Heyward his season was derailed by a thumb injury and he ended up with 18 home runs and 72 RBIs with an .849 OPS.

The legend of Jason Heyward began for most people in Spring Training last year when the slugger famously dented and shattered windows of Braves employees’ cars with his prodigious bombs in batting practice. A year later, the Braves have learned their lesson. The team has constructed tents to shield the cars in the parking lot beyond the right field wall of their facility, as Braves reporter David O’Brien pointed out:

For comparison, here’s a picture of how it looked last year:

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MLB 2011 Preview: Can the Cincinnati Reds Defend Their NL Central Title?

Previewing the 2011 MLB season, we’ve already named the Phillies, Yankees, and Red Sox the top World Series favorites. Now we’re taking a look at the NL Central. Yesterday, the Cardinals. Today, the Reds

Reigning Division Champion: Cincinnati Reds

Off-Season Moves: The 2010 NL Central Champion Reds fortified what they had more than they changed it, re-signing MVP Joey Votto, promising youngster Jay Bruce and rotation fixtures in Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto to long-term contracts. They also added Edgar Renteria to bolster their bench play everyday for manager Dusty Baker.

Strengths: This team is very strong on the positional side, offensively and defensively. Between Votto, Bruce, Scott Rolen, Drew Stubbs and Brandon Phillips, they have five guys who can hit and field. Their starting lineup features big-time power, led by Votto, with six players hitting 18 home runs or more last season. Their biggest breakout candidate is Jay Bruce who is entering his age-24 season. Last season Bruce started slowly, but in the second half he hit .306/.376/.575 with 15 home runs. He may not hit for that much average over a full season as he is still a bit strikeout-prone, but 30 home runs and an .875 OPS is a very attainable goal.

The Reds’ pitching is good and reliable and gives them a chance to win every night. No pitcher personifies that last sentence more than Arroyo, who has won 15 or more games the past three seasons and logged over 200 innings the past six. Arroyo may be hittable and prone to the long ball, but he battles and works deep into games, despite a difficult pitching environment in Great American Ballpark. While their rotation may be composed of more number-three and four-starter-types, they have a few guys with the capability to step up. Edinson Volquez was promising in his return from Tommy John surgery; if he can return to his pre-injury form, he might be their guy. Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto both have good stuff, but Bailey’s inconsistency and Cueto’s lack of size likely keep them from taking the next step.

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