Miguel Cabrera is playing again; but not for the Detroit Tigers.
When Miguel Cabrera walked off the field in his final game with the Detroit Tigers, it seemed like the end of an era. It was, there's no denying that. Cabrera left the field and ended his career in Major League Baseball, which was really something special in its own right.
The whole 2023 season was a wonderful farewell tour for Miggy, who had plenty of ceremonies and presentations from teams along the way when the Detroit Tigers were on the road. Cabrera capped things off with a very fitting play after getting to suit up and go play first base one last time.
Cabrera's playing days were deemed over. The Detroit Tigers hired the future Hall of Famer and made it clear that he would still be a part of the organization. He was given the "special assistant" tag with Detroit and will continue his journey through baseball.
But I would have to guess that Cabrera will be a bit busy. Not because he's vacationing or taking a retirement break, but mostly because he will be playing again. While Cabrera left his MLB days behind and retired, he will suit up for one more season of baseball.
Cabrera announced that he will play for Tigres de Aragua in his home country of Venezuela. This move is slated for the 2024-25 season, where he will play in the Venezuelan League for one last hoo-rah before really hanging them up.
Cabrera is 40 years old right now and will be 41 when his next season of baseball begins. Per Cabrera, he wants to take some time and prepare for things so that he can play alongside players in his home country and make his last season one to remember like it was in his big-league farewell.
While Cabrera may not suit up again for the Detroit Tigers anytime soon, he's aiming for a return to the field, suiting up once again. It seems only fitting that Cabrera wants to continue playing again since he has always loved the kids' game.
It's great for Cabrera, but you have to wonder how much he has left in the tank. Even with a year off, he is only getting older, and health certainly played a factor in his performance at the end of his career. But a one-season send-off will not be the end of the world.
In 2023, Cabrera played in 98 games where he slashed .257/.322/.353 with 20 doubles and four home runs. It may not have been the prettiest finish, but the Triple Crown, 2x MVP, and 12x All-Star accolades speak for themselves.
Cabrera left a legacy in Detroit and will suit up one more time to leave a legacy in his home country as well.