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Miguel Cabrera in 150 words or less

In case you hadn’t heard the Tigers traded for Miguel Cabrera this off season. They then signed him to a record contract. Cabrera then felt a lot of pressure to perform, but started to hit better when Jim Leyland told him to relax.

While he hit better his defense was a concern so the Tigers moved him over to first base. A position that is a natural fit for him, but Leyland is personally working with him to make sure it’s a smooth transition.

Meanwhile, his offense was coming around when Leyland said Cabrera could be even better if he focused on every at-bat. Since being challenged Cabrera has gone 161/235/161. The slump has columnists calling him a slug and a bust and Cabrera went on the record as missing his Marlins days. But fear not because it smells like he’s on the verge of breaking out of it.

Posted by on May 12, 2008.

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Categories: 2008 Season, Players

19 Responses

  1. Jim Leyland needs to stop talking.

    by Mike R on May 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm

  2. Apparently some people rise to a challenge while others crack or resent it. Or just don’t care.

    by JML on May 12, 2008 at 11:21 pm

  3. Uh, oh, we got the WRONG CABRERA! (See Indians triple play by A. Cabrera this evening – - – )

    Don’t worry Tiff, just kidding, I’m getting to love Miggy at first and the bat will come around.

    by cib on May 12, 2008 at 11:29 pm

  4. I don’t blame him for missing the Marlins. The booing at Comerica has been ridiculous since around August of last year.

    by Dave BW on May 12, 2008 at 11:30 pm

  5. His slump is the least of the Tigers concerns right now.

    by Shane Temporarily in Toledo on May 12, 2008 at 11:35 pm

  6. Of course he misses them, the Marlins were the best team in the majors, when i looked this morning.

    by jason on May 12, 2008 at 11:41 pm

  7. Leyland will never shut up, he wouldn’t know what to do with himself (well, maybe smoke more.) Besides, isn’t that why they hired him – because he talks such a good game?

    by Vince in MN on May 12, 2008 at 11:52 pm

  8. Cabrera is a bust… He will be out of baseball in two years…..

    by Chris on May 13, 2008 at 12:14 am

  9. Thats a little harsh and rediculous Chris. The guy barely plays a month in AL and in the pressures of Detroit and you say he’s a bust. I will say he is a bust if he hits below or at mendoza for 3 years straight. Then I will say he is until then I will say he is a hall of famer in waiting and an all star calibur player.

    by Steve in Kzoo on May 13, 2008 at 4:17 am

  10. Chris, you’ve officially entered full-out troll territory.

    by Kyle J on May 13, 2008 at 8:28 am

  11. Miguel Cabrera will be fine. He has classic Expectation Pressing Syndrome:

    1. Huge contract = overly conscious of preformances
    2. Team struggles = see # 1 above. One player, who’s supposed to be a the star, who’s paid to be the star, takes on too much.

    As long as one guy, be it Cabrera, Ordonez, Sheff — whomever — assumes the subconscious role to save this team from itself, the team is doomed. Miguel Cabrera is not the problem. Starting pitching is the problem.

    by T Smith on May 13, 2008 at 9:33 am

  12. “Chris, you’ve officially entered full-out troll territory.”

    Agreed. Responding at this point would be counterproductive.

    by Dave BW on May 13, 2008 at 11:25 am

  13. he’ll come around. He loves baseball too much. And I’ve grown too accustomed to him in the home whites.

    by tiff on May 13, 2008 at 11:59 am

  14. tiff

    Are you talking about Cabrera or Chris? (hehe)

    by Sean C. in Illinois on May 13, 2008 at 12:04 pm

  15. I find it difficult to take anyone who says Cabrera is a bust seriously. Actually, I think it might be impossible to take such comments seriously. Even Hall of Famers, most of them had slumps, even numerous slumps.

    Long term, I’m not worried about him at all, in fact, I think with the adjustment to AL pitching, this shouldn’t be a surprise. I think things will pick up for him by the ASB once he gets more familiar with the pitchers.

    Cabrera, who knows, maybe he is pressing. If he is, I don’t have it in me to believe its from the contract. I don’t see how having money guaranteed creates pressure. He could strike out 550 consecutive times for 8 straight years, he still gets his money. If that’s how you define pressure, man, I’d love to have that kind of pressure. I call that ultimate relaxation. In fact, if that doesn’t relax you, I’m not sure what would.

    But I’m not worried about him. His numbers will be there.

    I agree with Tsmith that the greater concern is pitching

    by greg on May 13, 2008 at 12:21 pm

  16. You can’t call anyone a bust after less than 40 games. It’s not like Cabrera has been *entirely* unproductive anyway. He’ll get locked in at some point and everyone will be singing his praises. The only thing I don’t like is that he seems a bit too Lasseiz-faire out there. He will not be confused with Pete Rose any time soon. Unless he develops a gambling problem and bad hair.

    by Chris in Dallas on May 13, 2008 at 12:34 pm

  17. ha, Sean! I thought we had invoked the ignore-Chris-as-a-troll policy :)

    by tiff on May 13, 2008 at 2:03 pm

  18. someone just linked to the Boston Herald story about Miggy missing the Marlins… but in that story he talks about being booed in Detroit his first series home. Don’t be fickle, Detroit.

    by tiff on May 13, 2008 at 2:32 pm

  19. Woah. I’d like to clarify that I am a different Chris than that Chris. I think Cabrera will be out of baseball by Memorial Day. (JK :) )

    by Chris in Dallas on May 13, 2008 at 3:46 pm

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