Tag:Miguel Cabrera
Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:10 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 4:20 pm

MLB advises program, supervision for Cabrera

Just got this e-mail from MLB regarding Miguel Cabrera.
Rob Manfred, Executive Vice President of Labor Relations, issued the following statement today regarding Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers:

“Commissioner Selig is committed to dealing with issues related to the off-field conduct of players, including those involving the misuse of alcohol. In recent years, we have worked with the Major League Baseball Players Association (“MLBPA”) to deal proactively with issues of this type.

“Consistent with our policy, over the past several days Miguel Cabrera has been evaluated by representatives of the Treatment Board jointly operated by the Commissioner’s Office and the MLBPA. Our Treatment Board is staffed by outstanding doctors who are experts in dealing with addiction issues. Mr. Cabrera has voluntarily cooperated and has been completely forthcoming in this process.

“As a result of the evaluation, the Treatment Board has recommended a multifaceted, professionally-administered program for Mr. Cabrera, which will include supervision as is necessary to ensure that he adheres to his program. Mr. Cabrera understands the importance of this program and is fully committed to the program. He also understands that any future alcohol-related incidents could involve more serious consequences.”
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 24, 2011 2:32 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 3:33 pm

Cabrera to face media at 4:30 Thursday

One week after news broke that he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera will report to camp and answer questions from reporters at 4:30 ET.

There has been talk Cabrera might enter a rehab program, though nothing specific has been announced by Cabrera's agent or the Tigers.

Cabrera, 27, was the runner-up for AL MVP last season. He led the majors with 126 RBI and a 179 OPS-plus. He also hit .328 with 38 home runs, 45 doubles and an AL-best .420 OBP.

Losing Cabrera from the lineup for any amount of time would severely hamper the offense, but the concern for Cabrera as a person comes before Cabrera as a player at this point.

-- Matt Snyder

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:14 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:14 pm

Cabrera may be in camp soon

Miguel CabreraMiguel Cabrera may report to Tigers camp on Thursday, the Detroit News reports.

Cabrera's agent, Fernando Cuza, had an hour-long meeting with Tiger executives Wednesday night at Merchant Stadium.

Nobody would say if Cabrera would report Thursday, from the News story:

When asked if Cabrera would report Thursday, Cuza said: "I can't say anything. It's too early."

"That's about the best I can say, too," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said when he left his office in Lakeland.

Cuza's mere presence at Marchant Stadium, however, was an indication Cabrera's status is about to be clarified — and with that clarification would come Cabrera's return to the team.

Cabrera hasn't been with the team since he was arrested Feb. 15 and charged with DUI and resisting arrest. It was his second alcohol-related incident in the last year-and-a-half.

Cabrera, the team, MLB and the players association have worked together crafting a program for his return.

"Hopefully I will see him soon," manager Jim Leyland said Wednesday morning. "DO I miss seeing him? Yeah. But we will be ready March 31."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 23, 2011 9:35 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:25 am

You oughta be in pictures

Andres TorresA documentary is being made about Giants outfielder Andres Torres and his 10-year journey in the minor leagues and life-long struggles with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle has the whole story, but it got me to thinking -- what other big-leaguers would make a good movie?

Brian Wilson -- Torres' teammate would be perfect for a comedy, or he could have a  fake documentary like Joaquin Phoenix's I'm Still Here.

Dirk Hayhurst -- The Rays reliever already has the book, they can just turn it into a movie. It would be high on comedy, low on juicy details. Hayhurst was living with his grandmother, close to quitting baseball when he turned his career around. It's not the perfect ending, he's had a handful of big-league appearances, but is with the Rays on a minor-league contract.

Josh Hamilton -- Everyone knows the story, and it's perfect for Disney.

Jon Lester -- Unless Disney decides to do Lester's story instead. Lester was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma as a rookie in 2006. The next season he won the game-clinching game for the Red Sox in the World Series. The season after that, he threw a no-hitter. Last season the lefty finished 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA.

Miguel Cabrera -- We're not sure how this one will end yet -- it could either be a feel-good story, or a tragedy. We'll stay tuned.

Coco Crisp -- Forget that beer commercial guy, Crisp may be the most interesting man in the world.

Ugeth Urbina -- The two-time All-Star reliever is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence in his home country of Venezuela after being convicted on two charges of attempted murder. In 2005, Urbina attacked five farm workers on his property, accusing them of stealing a gun. He attacked the men with a machete and tried to pour gasoline on them. (Suggested on Twitter by @23yanksgoyard.)

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: February 19, 2011 11:34 am

Cabrera may enter rehab program

Dave Dombrowski Tigers position players are scheduled to report to camp today, but Miguel Cabrera won't be among them.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski, pictured, said Saturday that Cabrera would be out for an "unspecified" amount of time. Cabrera will be assessed by doctors under the direction of Major League Baseball following his recent DUI arrest.

"Any time you deal with alcoholism," Dombrowski told reporters, including MLive.com , "… it's really an on-going battle."

Cabrera has had his problems with alcoholism, but wouldn't label himself an alcoholic last season when he said he'd quit drinking.

Dombrowski said he wouldn't rule out Cabrera entering a rehab program before reporting to the Tigers. However, he didn't foresee a suspension.

"I don't set the program," Dombrowski said. "The regular season is a ways away. Most are 30-day programs."

Cabrera could still be ready for the regular-season opener on March 31.

According to Dombrowski, Cabrera was traveling from his south Florida home to Lakeland when his Land Rover broke down, which is why he was standing by his vehicle when the police came across him. The general manager also said Cabrera is "very down" and wishes he were at camp.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 3:19 pm

Ordonez to Cabrera: 'act like a superstar'

When Miguel Cabrera shows up in Tigers camp following his drunk-driving arrest, he'll find a sympathetic -- but frank -- confidant in countryman and friend Magglio Ordonez.

"Miguel is the franchise player of this team," Ordonez told MLB.com on Friday. "He understands that they're building the team around him, and he needs to put everything together. He's a superstar and he needs to act like a superstar and he needs to work hard."

Ordonez and Cabrera worked out together for much of the offseason in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but Ordonez said he had no insight into the personal life of his younger teammate.

"Miguel's a really nice guy," Ordonez said. "I don't know his personal life. I don't know if he has problems, but I know he's a good guy and he's a great teammate and he's a very nice person. Like I said, hopefully he can get himself together and be ready to play baseball.

"I'm going to support him because he needs support. He's also my friend, so when he gets here, I'm going to talk to him and I'm going to support him."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:53 am

Morning Pepper: Cabrera concern

Miguel Cabrera
Some things are more important than baseball. Miguel Cabrera's life is one of those things.

For the second time in his career, Cabrera's alcohol abuse has become a public issue. The first was at the end of a season, this time it's at the beginning.

Cabrera underwent counseling after the 2009 season and his incident with his wife at their home. He rebounded with the greatest season of his young career in 2010, but then came Wednesday's arrest for DUI in Florida.

Now is the time for the Tigers to worry about Cabrera, not the 2011 season. Cabrera needs professional help right now, and if he needs to miss all of spring training or even part of the regular season, so be it.

The team is apparently doing due diligence in Cabrera's fate, which is not only the right thing to do for the person, it's also the best thing to do as a business. Cabrera is 27 and has the prime years of his career ahead of him. He's also signed through 2015 (at $20 million or more per season from now throughout he end of the contract), so his problem is the Tigers' problem.

It's a sad tale, and hopefully has a happy ending. That ending doesn't necessarily have to do with baseball, but Cabrera's well-being and the rest of his life.

WORST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE?: Even thought he cliches about "best shape of his life" spring training stories have become cliche, but no need to wear that meme out with Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

Alvarez "clearly looks bulkier," the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes . Clint Hurdle says he's just "big-boned."

MEET THE BENCH: Cubs manager Mike Quade said he'll consider pulling left fielder Alfonso Soriano late in games. (Chicago Tribune )

SAFETY FIRST: Carlos Santana will play some first base this spring, hoping to keep his bat in the lineup and give his legs a break from catching.

Santana said he played third and the outfield in the Dodgers system and expects the move to be relatively easy.

The Indians did the same thing with Victor Martinez before they traded him to Bosoton. (Cleveland Plain Dealer )

ROSTER MOVE: In one of the more striking roster moves of the season, the Orioles have placed Alfredo Simon on the restricted list to make room on their roster for Vladimir Guerrero, whose signing became official today.

Simon is in jail in the Dominican Republic as the prime suspect in a fatal shooting. (Baltimore Sun )

ARBITRATION DATE: Astros outfielder Hunter Pence is headed to an arbitration hearing today in Phoenix.

Pence will make either $6.9 million if he wins his case, $5.15 million if he loses it. I wouldn't mind losing like that.

OPENING A'S: Oakland manager Bob Geren won't make a decision about his opening-day starter until later in spring training. It's likely between Trevor Cahill, Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson. (San Francisco Chronicle )

LEAGUE LEADERS: The Mariners may not lead the league in much, but their bullpen could lead the league in tattoos.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times talks to relievers Brandon League and Justin Miller about their tattoos.

Baker also has a story about the ol' days when players had to have off-season jobs.

MUST READ: Sean Kirst of the Syracuse Post-Standard writes about Jacob Francis   the first African-American umpire. Francis umpired an exhibition game between the Syracuse Stars and the Proivdence Grays in 1885. He may have also been a neighbor of Moses Fleetwood Walker.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Feb. 18, 1944, the Reds signed 15-year old Joe Nuxhall to a major-league contract. Nuxhall was in uniform on opening day, but didn't appear in a game until June 10, 1944. Eight years later, he'd start his big-league career in earnest, pitching until 1966.

TODAY'S TIMEWASTER: Seamheads.com has this amazing ballpark database. Go there only if you don't have plans for the next hour.

BROWSER SWITCH?: I tried out Google's Chrome browser, but didn't have much luck with it, so I stuck with Firefox. However, the newest feature may get me to switch -- a personal blacklist can remove sites from Google search results .

BAD NEWS: Giordano's filed for bankruptcy .

GOOD NEWS: Radiohead's releasing the digital version of its new album a day early , so if, like me, you've already ordered it, you should get it today.

VAN LENNON: A Jump-Imagine mashup for your enjoyment.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 17, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 5:44 pm

More questions than answers around Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera Tigers position players are scheduled to report on Friday, but it's still unclear if Miguel Cabrera will be among them. Cabrera was arrested and charged with DUI and other charges on Wednesday night.

Dombrowski said he expects Cabrera to join the team, but he still doesn't know when.

"I fully expect Miguel Cabrera to be with us," Dombrowski said, according to the Detroit News . "It's too early to make that a 100 percent-type statement, but I've been involved with this type of treatment situation in the past, and I would anticipate that."

He added that he will know more on Friday.

Cabrera has a history with alcohol abuse and underwent counseling last winter.

“I was completely shocked. I didn’t think there were any problems there because they have been thoroughly addressed," Dombrowski said, according to the Detroit Free Press . "But I’ve said this all along: When you are dealing with issues of alcohol, that is a constant battle for a person for the rest of their lives.”

Dombrowski said he's talked to Cabrera, as well as the commissioner's office and the players' association.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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