Detroit Tigers: 3 players the organization failed or mishandled
You can't say the team mishandled Miguel Cabrera, at least early on. He started out at third base, where he looked rough, and moved him to first base, where he was much better. They moved him back to third when they signed Prince Fielder, and he held his own. At the plate, he's been one of the greatest hitters of all-time. He's been one of the greatest Tigers of all-time, even though his best days are far behind him.
Where the Tigers failed him comes in the fact they never won a ring with him. That's just criminal. They had a player of this caliber and couldn't build a proper team around him to win a championship. They won a pennant with him in 2012, but never got all the way to the top. That's so tragic.
If the Tigers had won a World Series during the period from 2006-2014, then that would have made this long rebuild much easier to stomach, at least for me personally. Coming up short so many times, especially with all the talent they bad just makes all this losing so much harder to swallow.
Not winning a ring when Miguel Cabrera was in his prime is one of the biggest tragedies in sports history. He may have won a championship with the Marlins in 2003, but the Detroit Tigers absolutely failed him. They couldn't build a championship team around him.