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Miguel Cabrera makes notable announcement about future plans

Miguel Cabrera in the dugout

Mar 30, 2022; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at BayCare Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Miguel Cabrera confirmed what had been widely speculated for months on Monday: the 2023 season will almost certainly be his last.

Cabrera confirmed prior to his charity gala this week that he plans to step away from the game after 21 seasons when his contract with the Detroit Tigers expires at the end of 2023.

“I think it’s going to be my last year. It feels a little weird to say that,” Cabrera told MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola. “I thought, I’m not going to say ‘never’, but I think it’s time to say goodbye to baseball.”

Cabrera turns 40 in April and is entering the final year of the huge megadeal he signed with Detroit in 2014. He had said all along that he intended to play in 2023 and then call it a career, and this clearly demonstrates that his view on that has not shifted.

Cabrera hit just .254 last season and has battled health issues for the past several years, but he remains a future Hall of Famer. He has hinted at sticking around the game after retiring, so this may not be the last we see of him.

Miguel Cabrera had most efficient day of work in MLB history

Miguel Cabrera in the dugout

Mar 30, 2022; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at BayCare Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

At 39 years old, Miguel Cabrera has to pick his spots a little more these days. He did that and then some on Thursday against the Cleveland Guardians.

The Detroit Tigers slugger was out of the starting lineup for his team’s game against Cleveland but entered in the ninth inning as a pinch hitter. With two runners in scoring position and first base open, the Guardians decided to intentionally walk Cabrera. The two-time MVP was then immediately replaced by pinch runner Kody Clemens, 13 years Cabrera’s junior.

That is an impressive and likely unparalleled level of efficiency for Cabrera. All he had to do was emerge from the dugout, stand at the plate like a pillar of salt, take a relaxing trot 90 feet down the first base line, and call it a day. Cabrera also picked up a boost to his on-base percentage for his troubles.

After entering the game for Cabrera, Clemens would be erased at second base on a fielder’s choice. But the Tigers still managed to tie the game 3-3 (even though they went on to lose 4-3 in ten innings).

As for Cabrera himself, he has been earning his keep otherwise with a .268 batting average, four home runs, and 37 RBIs in 93 appearances for Detroit this season. But that absolutely back-breaking day of work for the 12-time All-Star is reminiscent of what we saw in another sport a few months ago.

Miguel Cabrera addresses whether he will retire

Miguel Cabrera in the dugout

Mar 30, 2022; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at BayCare Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers legend Miguel Cabrera has one year left on his current contract after this season and reportedly intends to play it out.

According to Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, Cabrera told McCosky directly that he does not plan on retiring after the 2022 season.

Cabrera said that he wants to finish out his contract and retire after next season.

On Thursday, Cabrera indicated to reporters that he was unsure about whether he would play after 2022 due to health reasons. The 39-year-old said that he has not been feeling well but is still trying to get out on the field and play.

While Cabrera has been worn down by knee injuries as he has gotten older, his career has been among the all-time best for a right-handed hitter. The 12-time All-Star has four batting titles and a Triple Crown. Cabrera has the 25th-most hits in MLB history (3,074) and the 27th most home runs (506). While he is hitting .268 this season, he had just four homers and a .332 slugging percentage entering Friday. Those power numbers are a drastic decrease from his prime.

In 2023, Cabrera is highly unlikely to produce at a level that warrants the $32 million payday he will receive. But his presence will provide fans in Detroit and around the country a chance to bid farewell to a likely future Hall of Famer.

Could Tigers legend retire after this season?

Miguel Cabrera in the dugout

Mar 30, 2022; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at BayCare Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera is in the twilight of a distinguished career that may come to a sudden end after this season.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Cabrera indicated that he was unsure about whether he would play after 2022 due to health reasons.

“I don’t feel well right now,” Cabrera said. “I’m trying to do whatever I can to go out there and play, but I don’t feel really good right now.”

The 39-year-old slugger has been worn down by knee injuries as he has gotten older, forcing him to miss some time in 2022. Cabrera has played two decades in MLB, which is bound to cause some wear-and-tear on even the most conditioned players. Still, Cabrera had managed to play in 90 of Detroit’s 106 games entering Thursday.

If this season is in fact Cabrera’s last, he will likely go down as one of the most prolific hitters that baseball has ever seen. His 3,074 hits are the 25th-most in MLB history. He also ranks 27th on the all-time home runs list with 506 long balls, and has four batting titles and a Triple Crown on his resume.

Aside from collecting his 3,000th hit in April, Cabrera has struggled for most of this season. Entering Thursday, the two-time MVP was hitting .271 with just four homers, 36 RBI and 87 hits. Though Cabrera’s .271 average is respectable, he is lacking in the power department and his .657 OPS is by far the lowest of his career.

Cabrera is under contract for $32 million next season, and would forfeit that money if he decides to retire after this year. Regardless of what Cabrera’s future entails, he is almost certainly going to wind up in the baseball Hall of Fame one day.

Miguel Cabrera has notable goal for post-playing career

Miguel Cabrera in the dugout

Mar 30, 2022; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at BayCare Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

After notching his 3,000th career hit last weekend, Miguel Cabrera has accomplished pretty much everything he had hoped to in his baseball career. There is one resume item he thinks is missing, however, and he will stick around to achieve it in any way possible.

Cabrera spoke to Venezuelan media members on Thursday and outlined the plans for the rest of his career. The former Triple Crown winner said winning a championship in Detroit was the one major item he had yet to accomplish, and that he would like to find a way to stay with the organization in order to achieve it if it does not happen by the end of his playing career.

“I hope I can achieve that in these two years that I have left or, if not, as an assistant, a coach, whatever,” Cabrera said, as translated by Evan Woodberry of MLive. “I would like to spend more time with this team that has such a bright future.”

Cabrera is under contract through 2023, and he suggests that he plans to hang it up once that deal expires. That makes sense, as he’ll be 40 by then. While the Tigers are clearly trying to shift from rebuilding to contending, it is probably optimistic to expect the team to be challenging for a World Series by then.

Cabrera has plenty of hitting knowledge, so he could easily fit in a coaching role if that is what he wants to do. Plus, judging by what current and former teammates think of him, he’s obviously well-liked in the clubhouse.

Surprising player was first to congratulate Miguel Cabrera on 3,000th hit

Jose Iglesias hugs Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera on Saturday finally achieved his 3,000th career hit, and the first player to congratulate him on the field was a surprise.

Cabrera was batting in the bottom of the first inning of his Detroit Tigers’ game against the Colorado Rockies. There was a runner on first, and Cabrera hit a 1-1 pitch hard through the 3-4 hole for a single.

Cabrera started pumping his fist as he headed to first base, knowing he had achieved the big milestone.

What was interesting was seeing the first player who came over to congratulate Cabrera.

No, it wasn’t a Tigers teammate, but rather a member of the opposing team: Jose Iglesias.

Iglesias, of course, isn’t just any opposing player; he teamed with Cabrera on the Tigers from 2013-2018. As a former teammate of Cabrera, Iglesias was happy for the designated hitter.

Cabrera, who was arguably the best pure hitter of the last two decades, is just the seventh player in MLB history with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs in his career. Even at 39, he’s still having a nice start to the season, batting .326. His Tigers won the game 13-0.

Yankees anger Tigers fans by denying Miguel Cabrera 3,000th hit chance

Miguel Cabrera in the dugout

Mar 30, 2022; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at BayCare Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees were not about to let history happen on their watch.

The Yankees angered Detroit Tigers fans during Thursday’s game by denying Miguel Cabrera a chance to record his 3000th career hit. Cabrera, who entered play with 2,999, got intentionally walked in the ninth inning with first base open and the Tigers nursing a 1-0 lead. The decision by the Yankees prompted loud boos from the Comerica Park faithful.

On the bright side for Tigers fans, the decision instantly backfired for the Yankees. Austin Meadows, the very next batter, smacked a two-run double to plate a couple of insurance runs. Detroit then held on for the 3-0 victory.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone explained the decision to intentionally walk Cabrera, saying it was strictly a baseball move.

For his part, the former MVP Cabrera wasn’t too mad about the free pass, noting that the Tigers won and joking that his OBP went up.

It wasn’t Cabrera’s only chance on Thursday to get No. 3000th. He went 0-for-3 prior to the intentional walk. Thus in a one-run contest, it sounds like Cabrera was simply (much like Curly from “The Three Stooges”) a victim of circumstance here.

Fortunately for Detroit, Cabrera will likely still get his 3000th hit at home as the Tigers next get the Colorado Rockies for a three-game homestand. But oddly enough, the free pass for Cabrera wasn’t even the weirdest one we have seen in baseball in the last week.

Miguel Cabrera had cool way of passing torch to Tigers’ top prospect

Miguel Cabrera in the dugout

The Detroit Tigers officially announced that top prospect Spencer Torkelson will make their Opening Day roster in 2022. They let Torkelson know in a pretty cool way, too.

When Torkelson was summoned into manager A.J. Hinch’s office, he found Miguel Cabrera there as well. After Torkelson was told he’d made the team, Cabrera gifted him a first baseman’s mitt in a symbolic gesture.

Cabrera has manned first for the Tigers for all but two seasons since they acquired him prior to the 2008 campaign. Giving up time in the field to accommodate Torkelson is no small gesture from him, even if that decision was never going to be totally up to him.

Torkelson, the No. 1 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, has been on the fast track to the majors ever since he was selected. There’s a case to be made that his bat was MLB-ready on draft day, and the Tigers seemed to agree with that. Now they’ll see for themselves what kind of an all-around player he is.

Photo: Mar 30, 2022; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at BayCare Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Miguel Cabrera has message for ex-teammate Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

After five seasons apart, might the Detroit Tigers and pitcher Justin Verlander be headed for a reunion? If Miguel Cabrera had his way, they certainly would.

Cabrera, who’s been with the Tigers since 2008, recently popped up on Verlander’s Instagram account with an unmistakable message: Come back home.

Detroit sent Verlander to the Houston Astros with just seconds remaining before the waiver trade deadline in 2017. He went on to win a World Series that season and has since made two All-Star appearances. In 2019, he also led the league in wins.

With those accomplishments out of the way, the 38-year-old Verlander has nothing holding him back. Of course, he did miss the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery, so perhaps the Tigers themselves would be hesitant.

There’s also a potential hiccup when it comes to salary, but Detroit is on record as saying they intend to spend big. How much they’d be willing to shell out for an aging pitcher remains to be seen, however.

Meanwhile, the Astros have also expressed a public interest in having Verlander return in 2022. But there may be a fracture in Houston after Verlanded suggested the team wouldn’t let him rehab at their facilities.

The market for Verlander will be interesting and will likely hinge on his recovery and health. But don’t rule out a return to Detroit.

H/T: The Detroit News

Miguel Cabrera rips White Sox over sign-stealing accusations

Miguel Cabrera

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was extremely upset after claiming the Chicago White Sox accused him of stealing signs during Tuesday night’s game.

In plate appearance during Tuesday’s win over the White Sox, Cabrera could be seen angrily gesturing toward either the mound or the middle infield. He revealed on Wednesday that he was upset with White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal, who Cabrera said was accusing the Tigers of stealing signs. Cabrera’s angry response did not mince words.

“It was the second baseman because he tried to tell the catcher and the pitcher we passed the sign,” Cabrera said, via Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic. “I mean, come on, that’s some bull—-, I don’t play that game.

“You need to respect it. You don’t need to show up me or somebody or the runner on second, try to say we passed the sign from second. Come on, get the f— outta here.”

Ever since the Houston Astros scandal, teams have been more alert about sign-stealing. It probably doesn’t help that the Tigers are managed by the same guy who was in charge of the Astros when that was going on.

Cabrera is pretty definitive here. It could make for a very interesting rest of the series, though.

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