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Miguel Cabrera will play third base if the Tigers make the World Series

Sep 23, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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And these visions .. of Mickey Stanley … still conquer my mind …

Miguel Caberea hasn’t played third base since 2008 and hasn’t played it regularly since 2007, but if the Tigers make the World Series this year, that’s where he’ll be playing when Detroit travels to Atlanta, er, I mean the National League park. Why? Well, that’s pretty easy: Victor Martinez will have to play someplace, and that place will be first base.

Cabrera has already begun to take grounders at third, though Leyland stresses that it’s not a matter of getting ahead of himself. It’s just a matter of it likely taking a long damn time to get Cabrera ready to play third.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Sep 23, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Cabrera at 3rd, Verlander no short rest for the playoffs.
    Two possibilities:
    Leyland is playing with the press and laughing up his sleeve or
    There’s something funny in those Marlboros he sneaks in the tunnel.

  2. thefalcon123 - Sep 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    You’d think, of all teams, that the Detroit Tigers would go for the best defensive team they could possibly drum up come the World Series, considering what happened last time….

    • chrisdtx - Sep 23, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      You are forgetting – Miguel Cabrera is not a pitcher ;)

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 23, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Since every hitter on the Phillies is left handed, maybe there won’t be any balls hit to 3B. That is, if the phillies ever win again…

  4. Detroit Michael - Sep 23, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Cabrera did play third base regularly in 2008 during spring training and then through April 19. Leyland decided to move him off the position then.

    One wonders whether there is ever been a larger third basemen considering how much Miggy now weighs, but that data isn’t very accurate.

    Good for him for working out at 3B, however. Hopefully he’ll try it in a couple of regular season games now that the Tigers have clinched. (Mickey Stanley did play SS late in the 1968 regular season as preparation.)

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 23, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      Miguel Cabrera 6′ 4″ 240
      Pablo Sandoval 5′ 11″ 246
      .
      can’t tell if those numbers are current

  5. philliesblow - Sep 23, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    If this happens, we could see a record number of bunt attempts. Why not try Martinez at 2B? He can’t have any less range than Carlos Guillen.

    • Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Sep 23, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. Bunt, bunt and bunt again.

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