Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Better Know a Tiger: Miguel Cabrera

As we slowly inch toward the MLB regular season, here at DNR we will take a closer look at some of the key players in the Tigers’ pursuit of championship in 2012. Next is the unstoppable, sick, man-beast of a hitter known as Miguel Cabrera.



Full Name: Jose Miguel (Torres) Cabrera

Date of Birth: April 18, 1983 (28 years old)

Born: Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela

Height: 6’4

Weight: 240 lbs (depending on the day)

High School: Maracay, VE

College: None

Journey To Detroit: Signed by the Florida Marlins as an amateur free agent in 1999. Played 368 games at Single-A and Double-A over four seasons (2000-2003) hitting .286 with 28 homers and 228 RBI. Promoted to Florida in 2003 and finished fifth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. Made the All-Star team the following four seasons before being traded to Detroit on December 4, 2007 along with Dontrelle Willis for Dallas Trahern, Burke Badenhop, Eulogia de la Cruz, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, and Mike Rabelo.

Best Season: 2011: .344 Avg, 30 HR, 105 RBI, 181 OPS+

Worst Season: Never had one.

2012 Salary: $21 million

Career earnings through 2011: $74.4 million

Likes

-Scotch

-Yelling profanities at baseballs after hitting them

-Rice and beans

-The Townsend

-Cookie Dough

-Andy Van Slyke

Dislikes

-When people don’t understand his problems

-Florida cops

-When cars overheat

-Steakhouse managers

-Scott Olsen (In 2006 against New York, Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca hit a hard grounder that glanced off Cabrera's glove and rolled into left field, allowing a run to score as Lo Duca raced to second with a double. While the ball glanced off Cabrera's glove, Olsen seemed to believe that Cabrera did not give his full effort to get to the ball. As they came off the field, Olsen could be seen shouting something at Cabrera. A moment later, television cameras showed Cabrera in the crowded dugout reaching past teammates to poke his finger at Olsen as the pitcher walked past him. Olsen tried to jab back at Cabrera, who charged Olsen and tried to kick the pitcher before both players were quickly separated by teammates.)

-Carrots

Did You Know?

-Originally, Cabrera was a shortstop upon signing with the Marlins.

-Is the youngest player in NL history to have back-to-back 30 home run seasons.

-Mig collected his 500th career RBI at the age of 24 years and 139 days. Only Mel Ott and Ted Williams did so at a younger age in MLB history.

-Hit his 300th career double on 4/11/11 becoming only the second player in history to do so before their 28th birthday. Joe Medwick was the other.

-Cabrera is both a Catholic and a practitioner of SanterĂ­a. He became a babalao in the 2006 offseason.

-Is already 163rd in MLB history with 277 career homers.

Outlook for 2012

For opposing pitchers? Pain. This is the year he wins his first AL MVP award. I don’t think switching back to third base or Albert Pujols will be able to stop him. Young MC is the best hitter I've ever seen in Detroit and having Prince Fielder behind him in the order can do nothing but help him get even better.

4 comments:

kalinecountry said...

I learned some new info about Miguel in this Cabrera story. Did not know about the episode with scott olsen...and the part of Cabrera is both a Catholic and a practitioner of SanterĂ­a. He became a babalao in the 2006 offseason. ok Catholic I can see, but a practicing Santeria? and what is a babalao? Is that related to BabaLooey? I better google that.
Awhile ago, read elsewhere and posted Cabrera's extrapolated stats for a career, over 550 homeruns and close to 700 doubles, with over 3300 hits.
Stay healthy and get them with our Tigers Jose Miguel.

JacksTigers said...

I hate to be "that guy," but Cabby was born on the 18th.

Jay Hathaway said...

Nice Clubber Lang paraphrase.  "My prediction? Pain."

Actually, I heard from a former teammate that he likes (liked) vodka most nights.

SRogo said...

I am the king of typos. Thanks.