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Miguel Cabrera will not take part in the Home Run Derby – Al Beaton, Bless You Boys
Despite the Detroit Tigers’ organization and manager Brad Ausmus saying they wouldn’t have any problem with Miguel Cabrera taking part in next week’s Home Run Derby during the All-Star Game festivities, the two-time reigning AL MVP has declined an invitation.
Cabrera turned down the invite due to concerns over swinging for the fences will affect his swing.
Good for Miggy for doing what’s best for him and for the team. While participating in the All Star Game and it’s various festivities is without a doubt an honor, Cabrera showed that he values the Tigers’ team more than individual accolades by opting not to put any additional stress on his already…complicated issues at the plate this season.
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Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and general manager Dave Dombrowski will have a talk with ailing slugger Victor Martinez this week.
Martinez missed part of the Tampa Bay series because of his sore back and side. The organization is proud that Martinez made the All-Star team, but his health is a concern. If Martinez isn’t healthy by next Tuesday’s All-Star Game, the Tigers likely would have the designated hitter sit it out.
Again, we have an instance of a Tigers’ All Star who will need to make the best desicion not only for himself, but for the team. Victor Martinez is one of the most important players on the Tigers’ roster and to risk additional injury to his already aggravated side would be too big a chance for a team player who is looking to win, as Martinez most undoubtedly is. And again, as big an honor as it is, it’s nothing compared to taking time to rest before the home stretch of a World Series campaign.