The rematch of the 2012 American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics begins Friday night, and all eyes will be on Miguel Cabrera.
Last season, Cabrera won the AL MVP and became the first Triple Crown winner since 1967. This season? More of the same. Playing (and dominating) through nagging abdominal, back and hip injuries has only added to the “Legend of Miguel Cabrera,” as Miggy’s 2013 numbers — 44 home runs, .348 batting average, 137 RBI, 7.6 WAR — guided the Tigers to a third straight AL Central title.
Teammate and starting pitcher Doug Fister joined Inside Pitch with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio earlier this week and talked about what his third baseman has been able to accomplish despite injury:
Miguel Cabrera, the unbelievable things you can say about him just are endless. He never stops ceasing to amaze anybody, putting together good at-bats, even when he’s not healthy. He may not be putting up the power numbers, but he’s doing what he needs to do to drive in a run on the right side, or hit a long fly ball to score somebody from third. He’s doing the little things. He’s still got his game plan even though he may not be hitting the long home runs. Now that he’s healthy he’s feeling much better, getting his timing back to having that full swing again, doing everything he can to get back and ready.
Fister told Stern and Bowden that it’s not just about what Cabrera does on the field, either.
“He’s always keeping things light and fresh in the clubhouse,” Fister said, “and just keeping everybody in line, and keeping everybody focused on what our goal and task at hand is.”
Listen to the ALDS Friday night, with the Tigers feed airing on MLB Network Radio, Sirius channel 209 and XM channel 89, and the Oakland Athletics feed airing on Mad Dog Sports Radio, channel 86.
MLB Network Radio will have comprehensive coverage of the postseason through the last out of the World Series.