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MLB executives reportedly ‘appalled’ and disgusted by Miguel Cabrera extension

Miguel CabreraThe Detroit Tigers decided to give franchise player and back-to-back MVP Miguel Cabrera a contract extension, but the terms and circumstances of the deal apparently have outraged some MLB executives.

ESPN MLB reporter Buster Olney says the industry is “in shock” over the deal and that some people are “appalled” by it.

Cabrera was already signed through 2015 and scheduled to make $22 million in each of the next two seasons. He turns 31 in April, and Detroit wanted to keep him long term.

According to FOX’s Jon Morosi, Cabrera’s extension will be for eight years after his current deal expires, which puts him under contract with the Tigers through 2023. The deal calls for him to be paid $292 million. On top of that, Jon Heyman says there are $30 million vesting options for years 2024 and 2025 which, if reached, would keep Cabrera with the Tigers for the next 12 years!

Now is this a crazy contract people should be “appalled” over? I think we need to find out the terms of the vesting options before we evaluate it. Assuming that it will be difficult for a 40-year-old Cabrera to make it vest, I’ll look at the contract as one that will pay Miggy $292 million through 2023. That seems completely reasonable for the best hitter in baseball. Nobody likes the thought of paying a guy $30 million a year when he’s 37, 38, 39 and 40, but that’s what you have to do if you want to keep the best player in baseball on your team. Plus, for as good of a hitter as Miggy is, he’ll probably still be an asset when he’s 37 and 38 and, with inflation, $30 million then won’t seem like quite as much as it does now.

Assuming the vesting years will be tough to achieve, I don’t mind this deal one bit. You have to pay to keep great players, and if there’s one player whose bat I’m most confident in long term, it’s definitely Miggy’s!

Plus, look at this reasoning from Detroit’s side:

Well that would explain why the Tigers rushed to give a player who’s getting older such a big contract despite having him signed for two more seasons. Had they waited a year, they wouldn’t have had to worry about having such a huge financial commitment to the slugger in case he gets injured. Other teams are probably wondering why they assumed that risk when they had no reason to.

Miguel Cabrera has slight groin tear, may need surgery

Miguel CabreraMiguel Cabrera was not the same player in September and October. That was evident to anyone who watched the Detroit Tigers slugger grit through at-bats over the final month of the season and postseason. Based on the description of his symptoms, it sounded like he had a sports hernia or some injury of that nature that he was battling. On Monday, we learned that Cabrera has a slight groin tear and may need surgery.

MLive.com’s James Schmehl says Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski announced at a press conference Monday that Cabrera has a grade 2 or 3 groin tear and may need surgery.

When you consider he was playing through a groin injury that could require surgery, it’s pretty impressive that he got at least one hit in all but one of Detroit’s playoff games. Cabrera batted .262 with 7 RBIs in the postseason and even even hit two home runs.

Cabrera posted an OPS of at least .995 in every month except September. He batted .278 with a .729 OPS that month.

We already knew he was hurting, and this just confirmed it. Hopefully he comes back fully healthy next season because there’s nobody like him when he’s healthy.

Chris Sale thanked the higher powers after Miguel Cabrera was ejected (Video)

Chris-Sale-celebrates-Miguel-Cabrera-ejectionDetroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera saw his night end almost before it began in a loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday night after he was ejected in the first inning. Chicago pitcher Chris Sale threw a slider that hit Cabrera on the leg, but home plate umpire Brian Gorman ruled that Miggy failed to check his swing and actually swung at the pitch. Cabrera was ejected in the middle of the at-bat for protesting the call.

The ejection seemed to thrill Sale, who got to pitch an entire game without having to retire the game’s best hitter. When he returned to the dugout following the first inning, Sale jokingly pointed to the sky and celebrated. He later told MLB.com’s Scott Merkin that he was giving thanks that “the best hitter to ever walk the planet” had to leave early.

Ted Williams fans would probably argue that Sale is exaggerating a bit, but you get the point. The 24-year-old lefty has been one of the best pitchers in the game this season, racking up 207 strikeouts to go along with a 2.90 ERA. He can probably handle Cabrera a bit better than the American League’s more average pitchers, yet he was still beyond pumped. Considering Cabrera is capable of homering on pitches like this, we can’t say we blame him.

H/T Big League Stew

Chris Davis: I hope Miguel Cabrera wins the Triple Crown again

Miguel-Cabrera-TigersAt the moment, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is the only person standing between Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and back-to-back American League Triple Crowns. Cabrera’s .357 batting average is a whopping 25 points higher than the next-best in the AL, which is Mike Trout’s .332. Miggy also has 130 RBI, which is 10 more than Davis. However, Davis currently holds the AL lead for home runs with 47. Cabrera has 43.

The Orioles are 4.5 games behind in the AL Wild Card and would love for Davis’ home run pace to continue, but the 27-year-old recently admitted he is pulling for Cabrera to win the Triple Crown again.

“As far as me being the obstruction for him doing it again, I hope he does do it again,” Davis said, via ESPN.com. “That would be awesome. He’s a great hitter. He deserves everything that he gets.

“My goal is not to go out there and keep Miguel Cabrera from winning the Triple Crown. It’s to do everything I can to put us in position to win, whether that means I hit 10 more home runs or two more home runs. I’ve had a productive year so far, but if we don’t make the playoffs, it doesn’t really mean a lot.”

If Cabrera does win another Triple Crown, he would become just the third player in baseball history to accomplish the feat twice and the first ever to do it in back-to-back seasons. But his team is also gearing up for another playoff run, so ideally Cabrera is more focused on winning than making history. Although, he has to be thinking about getting another sweet trophy like this to add to his collection.

And if Cabrera does somehow pull off another Triple Crown, the discussion of him as one of the greatest hitters the game has ever seen will heat up even more.

Miguel Cabrera first player ever to homer off Mariano Rivera twice in a row

For the first time in his career, Mariano Rivera blew three saves in a row. The New York Yankees closer also experienced another first: he allowed consecutive home runs to the same better — Miguel Cabrera.

Rivera’s semi-struggles began on Wednesday when he surrendered an RBI single to Adam Dunn to tie the Yankees-Chicago White Sox game at four. Rivera got the first two outs of the inning before surrendering a double and RBI single. He struck out the next batters to end the inning, and then he pitched a 1-2-3 10th.

On Friday, Rivera allowed a hit to Austin Jackson and 2-run home run to Cabrera to tie the Yanks-Detroit Tigers game at three. He also gave up a double to Prince Fielder and intentionally walked Victor Martinez before getting Andy Dirks out to end the inning. The Yankees won 4-3 in 10.

The first home run allowed to Cabrera was a long at-bat that featured several foul balls. Cabrera even fouled two balls off his leg and could barely move around the bases, yet he managed to jack a fastball deep to center. Rivera was supposed to throw the pitch inside, but he missed too far out over the plate:

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Miguel Cabrera trips at third base, tips cap (Video)

Miguel Cabrera certainly has the flare of an entertainer, even when he’s not hitting home runs.

The Detroit Tigers third baseman took his eye off the bag as he was heading to third base on a fielder’s choice by Don Kelly in the fourth inning of the Tigers’ 10-3 win over the Cleveland Indians, and he tripped on the base. Cabrera went down the ground and, after realizing his blunder garnered some embarrassing attention, he tipped his helmet to the Cleveland crowd.

Cabrera’s teammates were watching from the dugout when it happened, and they instantly began razzing him. Torii Hunter and Prince Fielder had great reactions:

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Miguel Cabrera homered on a pitch nearly a foot inside (Video)

There are some things at LBS that we will never get tired of posting about. Athletes doing stupid things to get arrested. Topless fans jiggling their breasts at games. Johnny Football’s partying ways. Something else that will always have a place here is highlights of Miguel Cabrera being an absolute bada– at the plate.

This guy is the best hitter in baseball and has been for the past several years. He is a total wizard with the bat. Just look at that pitch from Kansas City Royals starter James Shields that he took out down the left field line in the top of the first on Sunday. The pitch was nearly a foot inside and almost exactly where catcher Salvador Perez wanted it. Cabrera let it get deep enough so he could hit it fair, but he still managed to get around on it and drive it out of the park with power. If you watch the replay, you’ll see that he didn’t even extend his arms into a powerful position. 90 percent of hitters would either take the pitch; get jammed and make an out had they swung; or yank it foul. Not Cabrera. This guy somehow manages to knock it out of the park.

The angle from the TV camera doesn’t truly show how far inside the pitch was, but this FOX Trax image does:

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