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The central theme is that Cabrera is unlikely to report to camp tomorrow with the rest of the fielders, as the commissioner’s office and the union are involved in “the process.” Looks like his next steps (rehab? admonition by the team? personal time?) are still up in the air.
I don’t think that alcoholism is novel to ballplayers, but Cabrera seems to have a depression problem. I also think that DD is full of it when he says he was “shocked” to learn of the incident. I’m not blaming DD here, but I’m confident the front office knows their players better than that. I think there was a better option for his reaction to the media. Continuing, the Tigers need to support this guy. In my limited, unprofessional opinion, drinking scotchy scotch scotch in front of the cops was a blatant call for help. How did these personal issues get past DD, Avila, Cabrera’s agent, etc.? Cabrera wanted this to blow up.
Predictably, Mitch Albom, was judgmental and belittling in today’s column. (Question, Albom used to be awesome, but now he’s annoyingly holier than thou, no? He and Skip Bayless look more and more alike every day; Dorian Gray anyone?)
The News actually took a pretty dim, and far-fetched view of things, with Wojnowski reporting that Cabrera’s “career may be on the line” and the Tigers are pondering “Miguel Cabrera’s future.” Both of these vagaries can be loosely interpreted as either good analysis or ridiculous shock content, I fall in line with the latter. His career is not on the line, and we need to rally around this guy.
Honestly, I don’t think this affects the season at all. Cabrera needs to see about 3 pitches to be MVP caliber ready, so if anyone can show up to spring training late, it’s this guy. He has the resources around him (we hope) to get the treatment/help he needs. What befuddles me is that the organization has seemingly distanced themselves from him, rather than rallying around him. There is still time to do so, but it needs to happen, soon. At least Leyland is moving on from it, saying yesterday that it “won’t affect the team.” In fact, he was pretty emphatic about it, reports Ken Rosenthal. I’m sure Leyland has seen a lot in his day, and I’m inclined to agree with him.
(I’m also a little concerned about the “3-4 knee spikes” into Cabrera’s thigh. You’d need a lot of force to take the big man down.)