Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera wanted Daniel Norris to leave something behind on his way to Milwaukee
Send-offs can be sad and awkward, but Detroit Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera decided to incorporate some humor as the team traded away his teammate of six years, left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris.
In an Instagram post, Cabrera writes, “Good luck my brother, I’m going to miss you, but I’m going to miss the coffee more, please leave me the coffee pot.”
The laughing faces lend some context to the sarcastic nature of his response, but Cabrera and Norris must share an affection for some filtered brews in the clubhouse.
Daniel Norris was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Detroit Tigers as part of a deal that sent David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015. During his time, Norris split time between starting and relief; and amassed a 4.67 ERA from 2016-2021 with 424 innings and 401 strikeouts.
Among his highlights were a 5-inning, no-hit performance in limited work in 2015 returning from his oblique injury, his home run against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley on national tv to dead center, and his valiant recovery from thyroid cancer in 2015.
Cabrera and Norris spent six years to-the-day competing, traveling, joking, and working alongside each other. Norris, known as a generous man in his own right, commented on the post: “It’s all yours mi Hermano. Miss you already.”
Norris will spend the final two months of his deal in the thick of a playoff race in the NL Central, where the Brewers currently hold a 7-game lead over the Reds for the division. Norris’ numbers were not all that impressive in 2021; a 5.89 ERA with slider-happy sequencing, but has been stellar across his last seven appearances: 5.2 IP, 1H, 1ER, 2BB, 8K.
The question that may go unanswered: what type of coffee pot was so special that a generational talent and multi-millionaire like Cabrera would beg for it to stay? Knowing both, my guess is that this was no k-cup contraption.