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The sad story of Miguel Cabrera

Posted on: February 17, 2011 2:24 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 2:47 pm
 
I'm not sure most baseball fans realize how good Miguel Cabrera can be.

Today, I'm not sure they ever will.

He's one of the most talented players in the entire game, one of the three or four most dangerous hitters in the game.

He's not Albert Pujols.

"But he's not that far behind," as one veteran executive said this morning.

We were talking about Miguel Cabrera, because everyone was talking about Miguel Cabrera this morning. And for all the wrong reasons.

You've no doubt seen the reports of his late-night arrest Wednesday in Florida. If you haven't read it yet, and if you can take it (including some language not fit for this blog), go ahead and click here .

Some people will laugh at the thought of Cabrera taking a swig of James Buchanan's Scotch whisky with a police officer already present. Some will note that the arresting officer is named Lamborghini (although Cabrera was apparently driving a Land Rover).

Others will worry what this means for a Tiger team that has a chance to win this year (and needs to win).

Me? I'm just sad, thinking that a guy who could have one of the great careers ever is once again in danger of throwing it all away.

We all wanted to believe in Cabrera last year, when he showed up in spring training saying he had finally gotten his act together, had finally gotten his drinking problem under control.

We don't know for sure that it was ever under control. But he seemed happier, and if anything he hit even better than before. If not for Josh Hamilton's outstanding year with the Rangers, Cabrera likely would have been the American League's Most Valuable Player. As it was, he finished second.

We know now that the problem is still there. Maybe it never goes away completely, but we know now that Cabrera needs more help.

The Tigers need to assist him in getting that help, and I have no doubt that they will. They need to tell him that getting help right now is a lot more important than showing up at spring training.

He doesn't need help playing baseball. He's great at that.

As one former teammate told me, "He can hit when he's sober, he can hit when he's drunk and he can hit when he's hung over."

Look at his page on baseball-reference.com , and you'll see that the three most comparable hitters through age 27 are Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron and Ken Griffey Jr.

Fifth on the list is Mickey Mantle, and maybe that's the most appropriate one of all. As chronicled so well in Jane Leavy's fine book The Last Boy , Mantle dealt forever with alcoholism, and of questions about whether he'd ever be as good as he could be.

Today, we're asking the same questions about Miguel Cabrera.



Category: MLB
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Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:58 pm
 

The sad story of Miguel Cabrera

When the guys saids go ahead and shoot me its bigger then just a problem with drinking!!

I think this man is very depressed and it has nothing to do with baseball someone needs to help him he seems to be emotional distressed and very angry man even though he is a baseball player making millions. Its just proof money and fame dont make ya happy alone!



Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2011 8:01 am
 

The sad story of Miguel Cabrera

The saddest part of this sad, sad story is it's enivitable conclusion: 

"Do you know who I am?"

Can you say Donte Stallworth?


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