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UPDATE: Miguel Cabrera was drunk at 5AM Saturday morning and fought with his wife

Oct 5, 2009, 8:20 AM EST

There was no small amount of intrigue over the weekend regarding some mysterious bruises and scratches that appeared on Miguel Cabrera’s face when he showed up for Saturday’s game against the White Sox.  At the time, Cabrera said his dog did it, and after that he wouldn’t comment. The Detroit News, however, employs reporters:

City police were called to a domestic dispute at the home of Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera early Saturday morning, records show.

Cabrera showed up at Comerica Park with scratches on his face for Saturday’s key game against the Chicago White Sox. Both he and team officials refused to say what caused the scratches.

A Birmingham Police log shows police were called to Cabrera’s Birmingham home for a “family trouble” call about 6 a.m. Saturday. The complainant was described on the log as “Rosanna Cabrera.” The wife of the Tigers star is named Rosangel Cabrera.

A neighbor reported she saw about three police cruisers in front of the Cabreras’ home early Saturday morning and said officers put a man in the back of one of the cruisers.

It was not clear from the police log whether anyone was charged in the incident.

Cabrera went 0 for 7 between Saturday and Sunday. If he was the man in the back of the cruiser at 6 A.M., that might help explain why.

UPDATE:

Police in suburban Detroit say Miguel Cabrera and his wife got into a fight at their home over the weekend after the Tigers slugger came home drunk around 5 a.m.

Birmingham Police Chief Richard Patterson said Monday that Cabrera’s wife called 911 at 6 a.m. Saturday, requesting police assistance. Miguel Cabrera opened the door for officers.
Patterson says the Cabreras had been fighting and each had marks on their faces as a result.
The chief says Rosangel Cabrera asked that her husband leave the house, so officers took him to the police station, where he was picked up by Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski around 7:30 a.m.

Obviously there are weightier moral and legal issues to all of this, but the baseball observer in me would like to know what in the hell Cabrera is doing out drinking until 5AM in the middle of the most important series of the season.  I’m guessing a lot of Tiger fans, not to mention Tiger teammates, would like to know that too.

  1. JeffH - Oct 5, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    I hope Leyland benches his immature butt for the game against the Twins, but he praobably won’t have the guts to do it.

  2. Kevin S. - Oct 5, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    And by “Not have the guts,” you mean “isn’t stupid enough to sit his best hitter down in a do-or-die play-in game,” right?

  3. Kevin S. - Oct 5, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    And by “Not have the guts,” you mean “isn’t stupid enough to sit his best hitter down in a do-or-die play-in game,” right?

  4. jaymen - Oct 5, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    matters not, the Yankees are 12-1 against both teams combined.

  5. smsetnor - Oct 5, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Also, Yankee Captain (and my Life Captain) Jeter would never do such a thing. Therefor, Yankees win the World Series and Super Bowl.

  6. motorcitykitty80 - Oct 5, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Let me sum it up for you, the feelings of tigers fans is mutual right now… they are all very, very, very pi**ed off… How dare he… at this time of the season…
    He just lost a HUGE chunk of his fanbase…

  7. Jeff - Oct 5, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    This reminds me of another Tiger incident that didn’t come to light for decades about Tiger pitcher Denny McLain which cost them the 1967 pennant. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia “Sports Illustrated reported that a foot injury suffered by McLain late in 1967 had been caused by an organized crime figure stomping on it for McLain’s failure to pay off on a bet. McLain missed six starts because of this injury, coming back to pitch and lose the Tigers’ final game of the season against the California Angels, which cost his team the 1967 pennant.”
    I wonder if Cabrera will do the same thing this year. I think he makes about $20 million dollars a year. Money can’t buy happiness as they say.

  8. Jeff Berardi - Oct 5, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    “Let me sum it up for you, the feelings of tigers fans is mutual right now… they are all very, very, very pi**ed off… How dare he… at this time of the season…”

    At what point of the season would it have been acceptable for him to get raging drunk and beat up his wife?

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