EDITORIAL: Memo To Miggy – A Little Less Talk, A Little More Action Please

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Sep 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. The Tigers won 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone.

It’s no secret the Detroit Tigers will be sellers at the Major League Baseball trade deadline. This is sad news for Detroit fans who are witnessing the end of an era. I mean, let’s face it, we are watching the end of a roster potentially getting dismantled that for years featured Justin Verlander and Triple Crown Winner, Miguel Cabrera. All that talent and no World Series titles to speak of. Frustration abounds from the dugout to the front office to the spectator seats of Comerica Park.

While the trading of superstars is hard on everyone, MLive reported an interview with Cabrera recently and he had this to say about all the trade discussion:

“If they’re going to trade me, trade me. If they’re going to trade this guy, trade this guy. But I don’t like to come here everyday and hear, ‘Are these guys going to get traded?’ Do something. That’s it.

“We’re humans, man. We think. We feel. We feel everything. It’s hard when you hear that everyday.”

Ok. Let’s just calm down and take a step back. I have a huge problem with that.


You have a (seriously, look it up) 248 MILLION DOLLAR GUARANTEED CONTRACT.

Sorry, Miggy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. No more complaining until you produce. The fact is, you need to clean up your own house before you start complaining about management or the everyday business of baseball otherwise known as trade talk.

Spare me the theatrics and the sob story.

Here are Miggy’s current stats for 2017: .265 BA, 11 HR, 41 RBI.

News flash, Miguel: You are having your worst statistical season since your rookie year. You haven’t batted lower than .292 since you’ve been in Detroit. Sorry if I don’t buy into the sob story from a guy who is crying about being mistreated by all the ‘trade talk’ all the way to the bank.

Besides, this is so tiresome from a player whose demeanor on the field could be lightly described as nonchalant.

Here’s the deal. Not only do trade deadline deals take place every year, they are talked about every year. This is a normal part of the business. Being frustrated by that is like being upset that water is wet or the sky is blue.

I’m as big of a fan of Miguel Cabrera as anyone else. But, his complaints would be worth much more if he was pulling his normal weight this season. The reality is, he’s not…and neither is most of the Tigers roster. Please withhold your “woe is me” comments until you’re doing everything that’s expected of you to help this team win.