Throughout the Detroit Tigers’ rebuild, general manager Al Avila has been brutally honest with the fans. (At least we have no reason to believe otherwise, so far)
On Thursday, Avila spoke about the future of first baseman Miguel Cabrera and where he will finish his career.
From Detroit News:
“You know, for me, I think Cabrera is gonna be with the Tigers the remainder of his career,” general manager Al Avila said Thursday. “I really do. He’s a guy that’s going to be a Hall-of-Famer, Mr. Ilitch (Mike, the late owner) wanted to keep him here, and he’s gonna wear that Detroit Tigers cap.”
To be fair, it would be a tall task to trade a player like Cabrera who is getting up there in age and who has been dealing with injuries. That being said, Avila seems content that Miggy will retire as a Tiger, though anything is possible.
“In Major League Baseball, I would say the majority of people feel that Cabrera can still hit, will continue to hit and he’s still a feared bat,” Avila said as the Tigers prepared to kick off their annual winter caravan. “If Cabrera stays healthy, he will be a productive player for any team. So anything’s possible.”
Nation, do you want to see Miguel Cabrera retire as a Tiger? Even if he is clearly no longer worth the money?
Kerryon Johnson is fired up about Detroit Lions’ new OC Darrell Bevell
On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions shocked just about everybody by announcing that Darrell Bevell would be their next offensive coordinator. Bevell’s name was rarely (if at all) mentioned as a potential candidate by the so-called “experts” and it was fun to watch the comments on social media flow in about whether or not it was the right hire.
One person excited about the hire is Lions’ running back Kerryon Johnson. Johnson spoke to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press about his anticipation of playing for Bevell, a coach who has worked with running backs like Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch.
By most accounts, Bevell is a run-first offensive coordinator and that has Johnson hoping it means more touches for him.
“Obviously with my position, that makes me excited and I hope that is the direction we try to go in,” Johnson said. “But regardless of the direction I want us to go in, it’s about the team and how we win games. So if he wants to bring that and that’s where we go with it, that’s where we go with it. If not, if he sees our team go in a different direction and that’s what we do, as long as we win, I’m fine.”
Johnson, who missed the end of his rookie season with a sprained knee said he is healed up and ready to roll.
During his rookie campaign, Johnson showed flashes of greatness as he rushed for 641 yards (5.4 per attempt) and three touchdowns while adding 213 yards and another touchdown receiving.
If Kerryon can stay healthy, you can bet your bottom dollar that those stats will improve greatly in 2019.