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Jim Leyland backtracks on Miguel Cabrera being in the best shape of his life

Mar 11, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

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You know, I’m beginning to think that you can’t necessarily take someone’s word for it when they say a player is in the best shape of his life.

For example, Jim Leyland said that of Miguel Cabrera while he still stunk of scotch the morning of his DUI arrest. Now, however, he’s saying that may not be the case:

“I’m getting Miguel Cabrera into baseball shape, and that’s my job as field manager,” Leyland said. “He can be either too light, or too heavy, and the secret is to get him at a perfect place.

“He’s a big man who needs weight, but not excess weight. He needs weight that will maintain his strength but not weight that makes him sluggish.”

Asked if Cabrera was in the process of shedding pounds, Leyland answered:

“That would be safe to say.”

Oh, and Leyland is not pleased with reporters asking him questions about Cabrera, saying when asked about Cabrera that, he’s “tired of people coming in here looking for (stuff).”  Except those parenthesis indicate that he didn’t say “stuff.”

And I agree wholeheartedly with Leyland. I mean, we have seen MVP-caliber first basemen abuse alcohol, drive drunk, threaten to burn down bars and ask police officers to kill them so many times at this point that it’s become a dog-bites-man kind of thing.

Nothing to see here reporters, move along!

  1. marshmallowsnake - Mar 11, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Of course he is! He drinks so much, he vomits his weight away!

  2. Brian Murphy - Mar 11, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    “He can be either too light, or too heavy, and the secret is to get him at a perfect place.”

    Someone’s been reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

  3. cur68 - Mar 11, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    The perfect place for Miggy would be some hard core therapy with a crisis counselor and/or a psychiatrist. I cant tell if Leyland is protecting him out of loyalty to his player or out denial of the magnitude of the problem.

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