Miguel Cabrera is having an outstanding season for the Tigers. It’s the type of season we have come to expect from the 29-year-old over his 13-year career. Cabrera has 29 homers to go along with 95 RBI. His batting average is an impressive .322 and his on-base percentage is a solid .384. There is still a lot of baseball left to be played, but Cabrera is a definite American League MVP contender. The only problem is a 21-year-old named Mike Trout could stand in his way.
As his manager, Jim Leyland is obviously pulling for Cabrera to win the award. However, the logic he used to support his third baseman during an interview with WXYT 97.1 Radio in Detroit on Thursday was puzzling.
“I mean this respectfully,” Leyland said according to ESPN.com. “I don’t mean this disrespectfully — I think what could be a little problem for Miggy is in my opinion Miggy is the MVP. Now we have time left, if the voting was today Miggy is the MVP. However, he could run into one of the wonder boy stories. You know, young kid, 20 years old. Everyone gets excited about that. Everybody loves that, has a nice ring to it.”
Brace yourself, Prince Fielder — Miguel Cabrera might want his old position back. They don’t call it “the hot corner” for no reason, and Cabrera was reminded of that during the Tigers spring training game against the Phillies on Monday. As you can see from the photo above that @WorldofIsaac shared with us, Cabrera ate a ground ball that took a nasty hop off the grass during the first inning. It appeared that the ball hit his sunglasses, which caused a nasty gash under Miguel’s right eye.
After the injury occurred, Tigers beat writer Chris Iott tweeted the following: “Miguel Cabrera is bleeding as much as I have seen a baseball player bleed. Cut near his eye. Game on ESPN.”
No matter how they order it, the Detroit Tigers will have one of the best 3-4 lineup combinations in baseball. They already had Miguel Cabrera batting fourth last season behind Magglio Ordonez. Mags won’t be back, but they are replacing him with Prince Fielder.
During an interview with ESPN’s Karl Ravech Thursday, Prince said he’d prefer to bat in front of Miggy. He likely prefers to bat third because the guy hitting in front has the protection and generally sees better pitches.
Unfortunately for Prince, it does not look like he’ll get his preference. Tigers manager Jim Leyland already has a batting lineup in mind:
1. Austin Jackson
2. Brennan Boesch
3. Miggy Cabrera
4. Prince Fielder
5. Delmon Young
6. Alex Avila
7. Jhonny Peralta
8. Andy Dirks, Clete Thomas, or Don Kelly
9. Ryan Rayburn
Outside of Cabrera and Prince, it’s not too intimidating, but they should have enough support to put up some good numbers. The thing that worries me about the rest of their lineup is that many of their guys had career seasons last year (Avila, Peralta, Boesch) and I’d be worried about a natural dropoff in production.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland isn’t predicting his team will reach the World Series this year, he’s just preparing for a best-case scenario. On Wednesday, Leyland had first baseman Miguel Cabreratake ground balls at third before the team’s game against Kansas City. The reasoning behind the move is pretty simple: Leyland wants to put his best offensive lineup on the field even when they lose the DH in a National League park.
Detroit’s regular lineup features Alex Avila at catcher, Cabrera at first, and Victor Martinez DHing. Those three players have been Detroit’s best hitters this year.
Unfortunately, during interleague play games they would routinely lose one of those hitters. Often times Avila would catch, and either Cabrera or Victor would play first or sit out. Martinez caught a few games to keep both his and Cabrera’s bats in the lineup. They even played Avila at third once to keep the offense stacked.
Moving Cabrera to third for a few games may seem strange, but it actually makes sense. You may recall that Miggy played third and left field when he was first called up by the Marlins in 2003. He even played two full seasons at the hot corner in ’05 and ’06, and the Tigers played him there for 14 games in 2008. He may seem content as an immobile first baseman these days, but once upon a time he was a butcher at third and in the outfield. Detroit fans should only wish to see a repeat of those days in the coming weeks.
Friday was a joyous day for the Detroit Tigers who celebrated winning their first division title since 1987. Champagne was flying, alcohol was consumed, and there was plenty of hugging and back slapping between the players. But one player who did not partake in the celebration was Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers first baseman sat by himself, according to MLive.com, holding a bottle of water in his hand.
The troubled first baseman pledged to clean up his life and it appears as if he’s taken that vow seriously.
Even though the Tigers ordered non-alcoholic champagne for Cabrera, he opted not to partake. Perhaps he’s learned that avoiding alcohol entirely is the safest approach. Maybe he knows the Tigers will have much more celebrating to do this season so this was no time to go crazy.
Cabrera has been one of the most valuable players for the Tigers this season. Maybe Detroit will consider doing what the Rangers did for Josh Hamilton last season in a similar situation. After all, you win as a team so you should want to celebrate as a team, right?
When Miguel Cabrerasmiled for his mug shot a few weeks ago, it was enough to make him the first ever athlete to be sacked by the LBS Nut Bag. Most of the details from the night of Cabrera’s arrest have already been unveiled, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be fun to see him in action. Early Thursday morning, The Detroit Free Pressreleased the footage of Cabrera handcuffed in the back a St. Lucie County cruiser. The officers can be heard describing Cabrera’s drunken stupor (NSFW language) and Cabrera can be heard swearing in Spanish. It’s fun stuff. Check out the Miguel Cabrera arrest video:
Miguel Cabrera was the first athlete to get sacked by the LBS Nut Bag after his DUI arrest in Florida and subsequent mugshot in which he was smiling. He made an absolute fool of himself and the Detroit Tigers organization, and he seems genuinely regretful and sorry about his actions. On Thursday, Miggy met with the media in Lakeland — the site of Detroit’s Spring Training — to apologize for what he had done and to answer questions from reporters.
One of the more interesting questions had to do with the measures Cabrera would take to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Specifically, Cabrera was asked if he might consider traveling with someone to watch him so he doesn’t relapse — a strategy employed by Josh Hamilton who has battled drug addiction. Miggy said that is part of his plan.
Cabrera’s interpreter said “He will follow everything that the doctors tell him to do. That is one thing that we’re looking at. We’re actually right now looking at who could be that person, so yes, that’s something that’s in the works.”
Hamilton did have a relapse at a bar in Arizona, but he’s been clean since then as far as we know. It also helps that he has teammates in Texas who are extremely supportive and understanding of his problems. Hopefully the Tigers will be able to provide similar support that will help Miggy shake his issues with alcohol abuse. He’s such a talented player, it would be sad to see him fall short of his potential because he can’t put down the suds.
Miguel Cabrera has a drinking problem. You know how I know? Because he drinks, and it causes problems. The 27-year old has been accused of showing up to a game hungover and battered from a drunken fight. He recently made history when he became the first ever professional athlete to be sacked by the LBS Nut Bag, and that was because of his drunken, smiling mug shot. One man who doesn’t seem all that concerned about any of it is Cabrera’s manager, Jim Leyland.
Hardball Talk shared some of Leyland’s comments about Cabrera with us on Friday morning, with which he basically praised his best hitter and brushed the DUI arrest aside. “Miguel Cabrera is in the best shape of his life,” Leyland said. “He’s stronger than he’s ever been. And he’s quicker than he’s ever been. He’s probably going to have the biggest year of his life.”
That’s great, coach, but what about his problems with alcohol and the law? “It has no effect,” Leyland continued. “It might make some dramatic reading material. It’s not going to do s***. Believe me. Nothing.”
Someone should probably remind Leyland that this a player who was allegedly swigging from a bottle of scotch right in front of a police officer’s face while on the side of a public road. We’re not talking about a speeding ticket. It’s one thing to defend your players and not discuss “in-house” issues, but Leyland shouldn’t be acting like Cabrera’s latest issue with alcohol is nothing more than “dramatic reading material.”
As for the best year of his career? At 27 and coming off a .328/38/126 season, I certainly wouldn’t rule it out.
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?
With baseball at the All-Star break, we assembled the staff here at LBS to select our mid-season baseball awards. Up first, the AL Awards. Tomorrow, the NL Awards.
Alan Hull says Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers: While Robinson Cano, Justin Morneau and Josh Hamilton are all in the mix, the MVP Award should probably be called the Triple Crown Category Leader on a Winning Team Award. Cabrera isn’t very good defensively, doesn’t play a difficult position, but with Albert Pujols having a down year, he has sneaked into the conversation for the best hitter in baseball. I could see Cano winding up winning it in the end.
Steve DelVecchio says Robinson Cano, 2B, Yankees: Cano has been the best hitter on the best team in the majors, and on top of that he’s only made one fielding error so he has second base locked down defensively. With a line of 16 HR 67 RBI and a .337, he doesn’t necessarily have the best stats in the AL, but you have to give weight to the Yankees position and also what he’s done on defense.
Larry Brown says Miguel Cabrera: From the beginning of the season all the way to the All-Star break, Miggy has been the most consistent hitter in baseball. He sobered up in the offseason and that seems to have taken his already ridiculous offensive game to an Albert Pujols-level. He’s heading for his best season ever.
Jake Walker says Miguel Cabrera: He’s leading the AL in batting average, RBIs, and he’s second in home runs. He has a legitimate shot at winning the Triple Crown in the AL. How can you not say he’s MVP? In another year Cano might get it, but not with the year Cabrera’s having.