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Cabrera to join team Friday

Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:57 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 6:39 am
 

Miguel Cabrera will join his Tigers teammates on Friday, the day after apologizing to his teammates, fans and ownership in a news conference.

Cabrera, who again stopped short of declaring himself an alcoholic, said he will comply with Major League Baseball's recommendation that he undergo an alcohol treatment program and will look in to having full-time supervision.

Speaking in his native Spanish and with the use of a translator, Cabrera said he is looking into having a representative, similar to Johnny Narron, who travels with Josh Hamilton and the Rangers.

"I'm going to follow everything the doctors tell me to do," Cabrera said through a translator. "It's one thing we're looking at, who could be that person. That's something that's in the works."

Narron has worked with Hamilton since the Reds selected Hamilton in the Rule 5 draft in December of 2006. At the time, Narron's brother Jerry, was the Reds manager. Johnny Narron and Hamilton had a relationship from Hamilton's youth baseball days in North Carolina. Johnny Narron was retained by the Reds, even after they fired his brother in the middle of the 2007 season. Hamilton was traded after that season and Narron went with him to Texas.

Hamilton is an admitted addict, but Cabrera wouldn't go that far on Thursday.

"I'm not a doctor, I can't tell you whether I am or not," Cabrera said. "The doctors with Major League Baseball who have evaluated me are the ones that know best."

Cabrera said he would try not to make a big speech when he comes to the clubhouse on Friday, instead preferring to apologize to his teammates "one-on-one" and "face-to-face."

Cabrera was charged with DUI and resisting arrest when police officers found him by his broken-down 2005 Land Rover on the side of a Florida highway. He also had an open container. Cabrera not only apologized to the officers who arrested him, but also thanked them.

CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler says now the onus is on Cabrera to prove his apology is sincere, and that will take time.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 10:34 am
 

Cabrera to join team Friday

I think this is a bad move to join the team right now.  He has some issues he should deal with first.  No sin here, many of us have had issues in our lives.  You have to deal with them before you return to the norm, or what you did will look like it wasn't that bad.  He could be one of the best players ever, and maybe to get there he should take some serious time off, and get things straightened out.  If you miss a year to have 12 great ones after that, I think it would be time well spent!  Good luck and be smart.

Having issues in our lives is common and we all make mistakes.... BUT..... here's the problem I have with Miguel Cabrera and why I can't stand the fact he's going to play baseball this year.  The guy has NEVER ONCE admitted he had a problem.... he's had numerous problems and things that have proven beyond any doubt at all he has a serious alcohol addiction, yet still won't admit he has an addiction.  I heard and read his statement about 5 times... he mentions making "a mistake" a couple of times in that statement but that's as far as he goes. The guy has said over over again in the past that he's not an alcoholic... nothing has changed.

In the past few years, so many things have happened that prove otherwise.  A long time ago there was supposedly an incident at a bar or something where he got so wasted and so out of control, people with him who knew him were afraid of him.  A couple years ago while the Tigers are in a pennant race he was drinking with the opposition... coincidentally he slumped and couldn't hit the ball very well.  Then he gets arrested for a drunken rage where he allegedly threatened and/or got physical with his wife... and now he gets wasted, 2 hours away from his house? and drinks and drives.

What makes it worse is Dombrowski's statement yesterday.  He said Miguel recognizes he has a problem and wants to fix it..... that's a lie... every statement Miguel has made proves otherwise...

But is he an unbelievable player?? Absolutely.... unfortunately that's all anybody cares about..... as for miguel all he cares about is his 20 million dollar salary for playing baseball... that of course and booze...

This is going to get uglier one day....



Since: Feb 25, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2011 10:19 am
 

Cabrera Needs A Driver

Non issue since he can hit 40 HR's a year and drive in 130. Get a driver and it will all be over. 25 teams would die to have MC i ntheir lineup, just not driving to their park. 



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:06 am
 

Cabrera to join team Friday

Come on everybody, if I had these prob. I would have to get back to work as soon as possible to keep my job! We all want him to take as much time off as possible to get BETTER! We want him to PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!! We are fans, he can get treatment and help while he is playing, Giving him AS MUCH TIME AS HE NEEDS! prob. put him in this "I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT" situation in the first place. Miggy we want you to be alright, but we want you to do your job too! Win us a pennant, and stay out from behind the wheel1 



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2011 1:10 am
 

Cabrera to join team Friday

 I think this is a bad move to join the team right now.  He has some issues he should deal with first.  No sin here, many of us have had issues in our lives.  You have to deal with them before you return to the norm, or what you did will look like it wasn't that bad.  He could be one of the best players ever, and maybe to get there he should take some serious time off, and get things straightened out.  If you miss a year to have 12 great ones after that, I think it would be time well spent!  Good luck and be smart.



Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Cabrera to join team Friday

Cabby, we love you in Detroit and wish you the best.  As much as I love Tigers baseball, ultimately, it is just a game and your health comes first.  Can't wait for the season to start.  See everyone downtown April 8th!!


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