Miguel Cabrera is the most stable and dangerous hitter of the last four seasons. His indicator OPS + (which takes a player’s on-base plus slugging percentage & normalizes the quantity across the entire league). For that period of time his OPS was 178, 179, 164 and 187, respectively. For an average player, this figure is 100. Because of Miguel’s popularity and success, some people suspect that this athlete takes steroid pills.
Miguel Cabrera’s short bio and career
The future sportsman was born in 1983 in Venezuela. The boy showed his talent for sports from an early age.
The young baseball player was in the MLB pretty early – at that time the player was barely 20, and he became one of the top members of the Florida Marlins club. Miguel showed himself very well, he managed to promote the team to the World Championship. In addition, he appeared on the cover of the well-known sports magazine called “ESPN The Magazine”. Soon the sportsman continued successful games in the Florida Marlins club. He received reputation of promising and dedicated guy. His high results increasingly attracted the attention of experts and owners of other baseball teams.
In 2007, Miguel Cabrera received the title of NL Player of the Week. In the same year, the sportsman was offered an agreement with the Detroit Tigers club, this proposition was accepted by the player and entered into in March 2008. By the way, it was this agreement that became one of the most important in the history of Tigers.
On March 31, 2008, the sportsman made his debut as a member of the Tigers in a game against Kansas City Royals. The sportsman finished season of 2008 very effectively. Then he became the youngest AL homerun tittle-holder for that time. The athlete is considered one of the best players in baseball, striking the ball with a great percentage and beating off in all directions of the field. He performed more than 30 homeruns, and his batting average throughout his career is 32.1%. In 2012, the athlete became the owner of “Triple Crown”. This first baseman finished the championship with the best performance in the American League by batting average (which was 0.330), by homeruns (44) and by RBI (which was 139).
This achievement has not yielded to anyone for 45 years. In 1967, the Boston player Carl Michael Yastrzemski became the last holder of “Triple Crown”. It is worth noting that Cabrera took the title of the best slugger for the second consecutive year. He finished the 2011 season with a percentage of 0.344. In the National League, the best batting average sportsman is the San Francisco player Buster Posey. With the result of 0.336 he became the first catcher since 1942, to which this achievement was subdued.
It should be noted that then another player of San Francisco, outfielder Melky Cabrera, was to win. He got the result of 0.346. However, due to a doping suspension, he refused to claim the title.
In 2013, Miguel Cabrera failed to repeat his success, although he repeated last year’s results: 44 home runs, 137 runs batted in and 34.8% average battering, and the second year in a row was named the most valuable AL player.
For a while, the sportsman had problems with his left hamstring. In June 2014, he returned to the team in a battle against the “Chicago White Sox” (5: 6). In this game, Cthe sportsman was able to perform 2 runs and 1 homerun.
Recently, in the career of this baseball player, there was some incidents. MLB punished Cabrera, Wilson and Ausmus for participating in the conflict (in a fight against New York Yankees on August 24, 2017) for seven, four and one games respectively, after which Cabrera and Wilson appealed that decision. However, soon this suspension was reduced. As a result, in September 2017, Miguel was suspended from 6 games. His team-mate Alex Wilson was disqualified for 3 coming games, while the manager of “Tigers” Brad Ausmus was disqualified for one game.
Financial achievements of the baseball player
The 31-year-old Venezuelan is considered one of the top hitters (batters) and one of the highest paid players in baseball. Since 2003, Cabrera began performing in the MLB for the “Florida Marlins”. After four seasons, Miguel moved to the “Detroit Tigers”. During nine seasons, the sportsman performed more than 30 homeruns, so his salary was very high. In March 2014, Detroit signed with his leader a new contract, according to which he should receive $ 292 million in ten seasons.
The new contract of Cabrera has set several records. For example, now the average cost of Cabrera for the season is 31 million, which exceeds the previous record, which belonged to the contract of Clayton Edward Kershaw (30.7 million). The total value of the new agreement of the sportsman from Venezuela became the 3rd largest in the MLB history. In this case, two club options are not taken into account. They guarantee the player another 30 million each.
Personal life of Miguel Cabrera
The personal life of the sportsman includes first and foremost a beloved wife & daughter. They are namesakes and their significance in the life of an athlete is difficult to overestimate. Currently, the family lives in Birmingham, Michigan. Spouses are engaged in the education of their little girl & consider themselves to be a really happy couple. The sportsman prefers to spend his free time in a circle of friends and relatives. He also plays other sports and practices outdoor activities.
Miguel Cabrera and steroid speculations
Miguel Cabrera was not caught in doping according to periodic anti-doping tests. However, on some anabolic steroid forums on the Internet you can find topics where users are discussing whether Miguel Cabrera took steroids or not. For example, one user of the Sportsbookreview site was interested in whether Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera use anabolic steroids. Other users responded to him that they think that these baseball players were taking steroids, as all power hitters used dope.
One user wrote that he thinks that Miguel is clean and “only thing he does is drink Cognac”.
Despite steroid speculation and various conflicts, now the sportsman continues active sports activity. Specialists are convinced that he will demonstrate his own talent, skills and abilities more than once. Today, the player’s professionalism is obvious. Miguel Cabrera is rightfully considered one of the best hitters in modern baseball.