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Leyland: Cabrera 'in the best shape of his life'

Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:25 am
Edited on: February 18, 2011 10:30 am

LAKELAND, Fla. -- As an uncertain Tigers club waited Friday morning to see what turn the Miguel Cabrera case will take next, manager Jim Leyland fiercely proclaimed that saga will have no bearing on his team and that Cabrera, "in the best shape of his life", remains primed for a great season.

"I think Miguel Cabrera is probably going to have the biggest year of his life," Leyland said Friday morning before the Tigers' pitchers and catchers worked out.

Cabrera, arrested for suspicion of drunken driving in Florida on Wednesday night, still is not in camp and it is not known when he will arrive. The Tigers do not hold their first full-squad workout until Saturday.

"It's not going to affect the team at all," Leyland said. "All of these people getting dramatic about this s---, all this negativity, it's not going to affect this team one bit. Trust me. That's all reading material. Everybody is going to get all upset, get real dramatic ... do you think Magglio Ordonez and those guys are going to go about their business any different?

"Nobody's going to do anything different. They're going to bust their ass. I know for a fact, without getting into this situation [in detail], I know for a fact that Miguel Cabrera is in the best shape of his life. He's stronger than he's ever been and he's quicker than he's ever been. It has no effect.

"It might make some dramatic reading material. Everybody's projecting all this crap, it's not going to do s--- along those lines. Believe me. Nothing."

Leyland had started his morning session with reporters by saying that he would not address the Cabrera situation, that general manager Dave Dombrowski would be the club spokesman on it. But he relented some when asked specifically about how Cabrera's troubles will affect the team.

As for the rest, Leyland said, "I'm not going to talk about that. Dave will speak for that. I'm the field manager. I manage the players on the field. Our clubhouse will be great, and our team has a hell of a chance to be an outstanding team, and that's going to have no bearing on that one way or another. Trust me when I tell you that.

"He's going to be welcomed with open arms by his teammates and they're going to want to see him hit that son of a bitch over the right-center field fence. I'm just telling you. So don't get all excited about 'Aw, I wonder what it's going to do in the clubhouse, to the chemistry, and all of that bulls----.'"


Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 2:24 pm

Leyland: Cabrera 'in the best shape of his life'

I have to disagree, this was not a case of poor judgement, this was a case of him not being able to control his addicition.  This will have an affect on his season, or rather, it should.  This is not the first time Cabrera has done this.  It's obvious the guy needs help.  An alcohol rehab center comes to mind.  I'm just glad he did not cause an accident and hurt himself or someone else..... 

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:34 pm

Leyland: Cabrera 'in the best shape of his life'

wow  i think leyland is living on friggen fantasy island right now  what a loser

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:10 pm

Leyland: Cabrera 'in the best shape of his life'

Leyland is awesome.  He brings it just like Earl Weaver did–with complete truth

Since: Jun 11, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 3:44 pm

Leyland: Cabrera 'in the best shape of his life'

No need to compare yourself to any All-Star athlete, because it is apples to oranges as far as lifestyle, treatment, and just about anything else, other than the fact that we are all human beings.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 2:21 pm

Leyland: Cabrera 'in the best shape of his life'

Good thing the off-season isn't longer than it is.  Leyland is a no-nonsense manager, and doesn't tolerate bringing off-site crap into the clubhouse. Keep in mind, the season doesn't start for 6 weeks.  This will have long been forgotten by then.  Cabrera used poor judgment, certainly, but it isn't going to have an effect on his play.   This guy is a bad, bad, boy.  He flicks his wrists and it's gone!  Don't let this alter your Fantasy Draft plans.  Cabrera will be the nasty boy you expected him to be.

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 1:15 pm

Leyland: Cabrera 'in the best shape of his life'

I'd be standing in the unemployment line by mid-morning if I was arrested for this.  Then again, guy's a beast on the field, so more power to the team that essentially says they don't give a damn what he does off the field, so long as he performs on the field.  I doubt many Tigers fans will be boycotting the games if he leads em to a playoff berth.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:25 pm

Leyland: Cabrera 'in the best shape of his life'

The only way it will effect the team is if Cabrera is suspended for a number of games, other than that he will continue to be the most feared hitter in the American League, this will have absolutely no effect on his performance on the field.  Tigers still win the Central and the World Series this year.   

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:22 am

Leyland: Cabrera 'in the best shape of his life'

Leyalnd is right.  Don't make too much of this.  Cabrera will still be at this best, which translates into on of the top 5 in fantasy.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:02 am

Leyland: Cabrera 'in the best shape of his life'

Cabrera is going to have a lousy year...probably half-soused every night,and each time he faces a pitcher he's going to say, "Do you know who I am?" and said pitcher will whiff him every time.

I hope the Tigers do well, but unless Cabrera figures out that if he's going to drink, he needs to take a taxi,he won't be of much help to the club.

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:50 am

Leyland: Cabrera 'in the best shape of his life'

Just guessing, but I think he may have been on his 3rd Marlboro when he said that. Pretty much no nonsense as usual.

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