Miguel Cabrera is a fan favorite for Tigers fans and will remain one until he decides to hang up his spikes. Cabrera has been fighting injuries the last couple of seasons and has not been his happy self because of it. As Spring Training has started up again Cabrera has shown up lighter than years past and is looking to fight off every athletes nemesis, father time.
Now Spring Training is the time in the baseball season where we always hear the same cliches over and over, “Best shape of my life”, and “I’m finally healthy.” But this season really could be Cabrera’s last chance to perform at a level he expects out of himself. He will turn 37 in April this year and know time is running out on his career. Cabrera has made over his swing multiple times while fighting his injuries the last couple of seasons. When asked about it at Spring Training Cabrera had this to say:
“I don’t want to change my swing anymore, I want to be natural. The last three years I’ve been changing my swing a lot to feel comfortable at home plate, to not feel like something’s bothering me. I want to go out there and feel natural. I don’t want to think about anything, just react.”Miguel Cabrera to reporters at Spring Training
Miguel Cabrera is still going to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame regardless of how these last couple of season go. There are a couple of milestones that he can achieve to solidify that resume this season. With twenty three home runs Cabrera will join the 500 home run club. He only needs twenty three doubles to reach 600 for his career and only six RBI’s to get to the 1700 plateau.
There is still a lot for Miguel to play for even though the Tigers are not going to be contenders. One of the most important things for Cabrera is to have fun playing the game he loves once again. Its been tough for him as of late with the injuries but, when he is having fun Cabrera is one of the best personalities in baseball. I know I’ll be rooting for Miggy to beat father time, even if its just for another season.