Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera announces 2023 as his final season

Tyler Kotila
Miguel Cabrera celebrates after recording his 3,000th career hit on April 23.
Miguel Cabrera celebrates after recording his 3,000th career hit on April 23. / Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Detroit Tigers veteran Miguel Cabrera announces 2023 as final season.

Future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera has taken it upon himself to make a tough decision. His 2023 season with the Detroit Tigers will be his last in the big leagues. After 20 seasons, the long-time Tigers infielder has decided it's time to hang them up after one more season.

The 2023 season will allow Miguel Cabrera to get his curtain call/encore and depart the league after. It's a decision that many Detroit Tigers fans had to feel was looming, especially after the team brought in a new group of front-office brass, taking the team in a new direction.

For the Tigers, it will be a long season in 2023 spent recognizing the future Hall of Famer, and rightfully so. The 39-year-old Cabrera has spent the last few seasons adding to his accolades and list of accomplishments.

He had the backside single to collect his 3,000th career hit against the Colorado Rockies at Comerica Park this summer. Before that, in 2021, Cabrera went yard against the Toronto Blue Jays to pick up his 500th career home run.

But, after a 15-year run in Detroit, things are winding down for Miggy, and his chapter in the big leagues is coming to a close. He's by far one of the best right-handed hitters of this generation and will be headed to Cooperstown eventually.

The last few years have been less glamorous and pretty regarding the Tigers' performance and Miggy's overall performance. He has not been the player the Tigers knew him as in the early 2010s.

Injuries have limited him, and in 2022, Cabrera would spend his time as the team's designated hitter. Miggy logged 112 games played, where he accumulated 433 plate appearances. He slashed .254/.305/.317 with ten doubles and five home runs for the Tigers.

It was a better performance than he showed in recent years, but it certainly was a downturn from the Miggy that many folks in the Motor City remember watching. This 2023 season will be a lovely farewell tour for the Tigers' beloved superstar.

Albert Pujols took a victory lap in 2022, returning to the St. Louis Cardinals, and finishing up his career alongside Yadier Molina. For the Tigers, it's time for their superstar to take his final lap with his last season.

Miggy has been the face of Tigers baseball for the last 10 years and the 2023 season is going to be a chance for Tigers fans to get out and see Cabrera on his farewell tour.

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