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Report: Miguel Cabrera determined to have big bounce-back season

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Last year, Miguel Cabrera took an L, but this year he wants to bounce back.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Friday that the Detroit Tigers slugger is said to be “determined” to have a “big bounce-back season” in 2018.

Cabrera, who will turn 35 in April, was limited to 130 games last season due to a multitude of injuries, most notably to his back. The result was perhaps his worst season as a professional — a career-low .249/.329/.399 slash line to go along with just 16 home runs and 60 RBIs. The two-time American League MVP also snapped a streak of seven consecutive All-Star selections.

Cabrera is still owed a colossal $184 million over the next six seasons. As such, this determination to return to form is definitely a welcome development in Detroit, even if he may be dealing with injury issues for the rest of his career.

Miguel Cabrera asks for media to be banned from paternity suit hearing

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Miguel Cabrera is scheduled to appear in court for a paternity hearing next month, and the Detroit Tigers star is asking a judge to prevent the media from getting a front-row seat to it.

Evan Woodberry of reports that Cabrera’s attorneys have asked a judge to close the Feb. 12 paternity hearing proceedings due to Cabrera’s notoriety and the involvement of children. A ruling is expected in the near future.

“The media has an interest in reporting about these proceedings,” Cabrera’s attorney said. “In fact, multiple articles have been written and posted by various news media outlets. The father believes it is in the best interests of the parties and the minor children to minimize opportunities for the media to continue to report about this matter.”

Cabrera asked for a paternity test after 35-year-old Belkis Mariela Rodriguez accused the slugger of cutting off his child support payments to her for two children he allegedly fathered. The children were born in 2013 and 2015 outside of Cabrera’s marriage of 15 years to another woman, and Cabrera is listed as the father on the birth certificate for both. Cabrera’s attorneys are arguing that Rodriguez is looking for a big payday even after Cabrera was generous enough to buy her a house in Orlando.

Cabrera also has three children with his wife Rosangel, who filed for divorce last year but later withdrew the petition. The 34-year-old first baseman made $28 million in each of the past two seasons and is set to earn $30 million a season over the next four years. He has earned $216 million thus far in his playing career.

Woman sues Miguel Cabrera seeking more child support

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A woman has sued Miguel Cabrera over increased child support payments she is seeking for the two children she shares with the Detroit Tigers slugger.

The Detroit News shares details of the lawsuit, which they say was filed in August. The woman has custody of two children, born in 2013 and 2015, outside of Cabrera’s marriage of 15 years to another woman.

Cabrera allegedly is paying the Florida woman $6,200 in monthly child support and also bought her a nearly $1 million home earlier this year. She says he cut his child support payments to her, leading her to seek as much as $100,000 monthly.

Cabrera reportedly responded by asking for paternity tests for the two children and is accusing the woman of extortion.

Cabrera, 34, made $28 million this season and last season. He is set to earn $30 million a season over the next four years and has earned $216 million thus far in his playing career.

Miguel Cabrera leaves game with back issue

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Miguel Cabrera continues to have issues with his back.

The Detroit Tigers first baseman left Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins after experiencing issues with his back early in the game.

Cabrera singled in the bottom of the first but was not moving well around the bases, according to the Detroit News’ Chris McCosky.

Cabrera was replaced by Efren Navarro before the top of the second inning. The 34-year-old has played in 129 games this season, which is his second-lowest total since joining the Tigers. Former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus recently said he feared Cabrera’s back problems could be chronic.

Brad Ausmus fears Miguel Cabrera’s back issues are chronic

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Father Time comes for every athlete, and it may just be starting to leave its mark on Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Cabrera left the team’s game Monday with lower back tightness, which also led him to sit out on Tuesday. Cabrera has been coping with the back problems all season long, and manager Brad Ausmus fears that the issue may be chronic.

“It’s something he may have to deal with the remainder of his career,” Ausmus said Tuesday, via Lynn Henning of the Detroit News. “Probably, it’ll come and go. What you don’t want to do is make yourself worse, or create a bad habit that impacts performance or creates another problem.”

The Tigers will look at all options available to them in the offseason, but for now, rest is not necessarily recommended, as it may not provide much relief for Cabrera.

Cabrera has been clear that he would prefer to play through whatever is bothering him if at all possible. He has, though his numbers are in clear decline, hitting just .253 with only 14 home runs.

Miguel Cabrera gets seven game suspension for brawl

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Major League Baseball has handed down punishment for Thursday’s Tigers-Yankees brawl.

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, the primary instigator, received a seven-game suspension, while Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who needlessly got involved with several sucker punches, will miss four games.

Notably, Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle, who was ejected for throwing behind Cabrera just before the brawl, receives no suspension. Neither does teammate Dellin Betances, who hit Tigers catcher James McCann in the head with a fastball, which the league likely deemed unintentional.

Things got pretty ugly quite quickly during Thursday’s brawl. It’s no surprise that the league came down hard on the perpetrators.

Miguel Cabrera, Austin Romine get into major fight (Video)

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Miguel Cabrera and Austin Romine got into a major fight that resulted in a bench-clearing incident between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Tensions began brewing earlier in the game after Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer hit Gary Sanchez with a pitch in the fifth following Sanchez’s fourth home run of the three-game series. The next inning, Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle threw behind Cabrera in the first pitch of the slugger’s at-bat. Kahnle was immediately ejected, while a protesting Joe Girardi was also tossed.

The Yankees brought Aroldis Chapman in to face Cabrera, who responded by getting into it with Romine. Cabrera threw some punches at the Yankees catcher, who took Cabrera to the ground. Many other players from both sides joined in.

Both Cabrera and Romine were ejected from the game. Yankees reliever Dellin Betances was ejected an inning later for hitting James McCann with a pitch. Things continued when David Robertson hit Tigers first baseman John Hicks.

Later in the game, Detroit’s Alex Wilson was ejected for hitting Todd Frazier. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was ejected in the aftermath.

Miguel Cabrera fears for family’s safety in Venezuela, has paid for protection

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Miguel Cabrera opened up on Tuesday about some of the serious issues that are going on in his native country of Venezuela, and the Detroit Tigers star says he fears for the safety of his family because of them.

In a series of videos he shared on Instagram, Cabrera blasted the Venezuelan government and said he has been threatened for trying to bring about change. Cabrera spoke in Spanish in the videos, but a translator transcribed the videos in English for the Detroit Free Press.

“I am tired of hearing that they are going to kidnap my mother, and I don’t know whether it is a policeman or a bad guy, I don’t know who they are,” Cabrera said. “All I know is if I don’t pay, those people disappear.

“I am only going to tell you one thing. The first advice I was given was not to get involved in politics and I never have. But right now we have to get involved, because they have kidnapped our country.”

Cabrera has spoken in the past about the economic crisis in Venezuela and expressed sympathy for those who have been affected by it. He also said people have threatened to kill him if he returns to his native land.

“They are telling me I am a pain in the a–,” Cabrera said. “I am out here fighting for my people. You might say, ‘Oh he is out here living the good life, while we are out here suffering in Venezuela.’ Like I was told by the chavistas, ‘If you come to Venezuela we will break you, we will kill you.’

“The only thing I will tell you is please, do not hurt my family. I am begging you.”

Cabrera offered support for those who have been part of the “resistance” in Venezuela. He said back in June that he has not been able to travel to Venezuela to organize charity events or visit his family because of all of the unrest.

As Tresa Baldas of the Free Press notes, at least 75 people have been killed in Venezuela over the past three months while protesting president Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government.

We’ve grown used to seeing Cabrera as a fun-loving guy who has hilarious interactions with fans, but he obviously has some serious personal problems going on. Here’s hoping his family remains safe.

Miguel Cabrera tickles Mariners fan’s beard (Video)

Miguel Cabrera found himself within an arm’s length of a bearded fan on Wednesday night, and the All-Star first baseman simply couldn’t resist giving the mane a stroke.

During the Seattle Mariners’ 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigers, a foul ball made its way into the stands down the first base line. When a fan turned to look for it, he was surprised to feel Cabrera’s glove tickling his beard.

I don’t know what’s more bold — Cabrera tickling a fan’s facial hair or that time Prince Fielder stole a nacho while chasing down a foul ball. We’ll stick with the latter.

Miguel Cabrera will not sit out despite myriad of injuries

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Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is dealing with a whole host of injuries, but isn’t going to let that keep him off the field.

Cabrera admitted Thursday that he is coping with back, oblique, and groin strains, and picked up a hip flexor problem during Thursday night’s win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Despite all that, he managed a walkoff opposite field home run, his first since May 20.

Despite all that, the Tigers are not getting him off the field.

“No, no, no,” Cabrera said, via ESPN. “I played with a broken foot. If I’m able to go out there and do my job, I’m going to do it.”

Cabrera has not looked himself for much of the season, hitting .280 with just six home runs and the lowest slugging percentage of his career. So many injuries would explain that. With an aging team and another star quite possibly in his final season with the Tigers, though, there’s a lot at stake — this might be the group’s last shot at contention together, and at 31-34, the Tigers will have to show more ahead of the trade deadline if they want to stay together.