Edson: Cabrera Is Off-Base Ripping Tigers Fans

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is understandably frustrated.

He has been dealing with injuries for almost two seasons and he’s still missing in action from the lineup.

But he was dead wrong this week to rip into Detroit Tigers fans. He said he won’t hurry back from injuries as he has in the past “because fans just don’t appreciate it when I do.”

In fact, over the last two weeks Miggy has been surly to anyone who has approached him.

I understand his frustration, but he needs to understand this. When he was dealing with drinking issues, marital issues and health issues, Tiger fans remained solidly behind him.

And when his production dropped off drastically last year because he was dealing with injuries, Tigers fans had his back.

So why rip the fans when they have stood behind him?

The answer is: There is no one else to blame. All Miggy has to do is look in the mirror to see the source of his frustration.

Plus, it’s hard to feel sorry for a star who will make $30 million a year for the next six years whether he gets healthy of not.

If anyone needs to feel sorry, it’s Tigers fans…

TIGER TAKES: I wasn’t sure when he was hired if Ron Gardenhire was the right person to be the Tigers manager. I’m sure now. Gardy is a great communicator, both with his players and the media. He’s also not afraid to call a player out when he feels they are wrong. The Tigers have actually had a better season so far than I thought they would and most of that is because of the new skipper…

Would someone please tell Jose Iglesias that he isn’t a superstar? I’ve grown tired of his antics and so has the Tigers brass. They tried to unload Iggy in the off-season but could find no takers. He’s in the final season of making $6 million a year and the Tigers can get just as much production at a much cheaper price. Plus, they get rid of his attitude…

There have three major surprises for me this year – Jacoby Jones in the outfield, Leonys Martin in centerfield and the hitting of John Hicks at first base. Martin has been a sparkplug and a solid two-way player. Hicks is a butcher defensively, but he’s had a productive season at the plate…

With the trade deadline looming in July, Francisco Liriano is pitching like he could help a contender. He was spectacular on Sunday against Seattle…

Poor Victor Martinez. He’s just playing out the string in what has been a great career.


Nick Edson is a retired Hall of Fame columnist and sportswriter. He worked 25 years at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, 18 as sports editor. He is a two-time president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association and a member of the Michigan Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.