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Miguel Cabrera takes one-hopper to face, leaves “bleeding as much as I’ve seen a player bleed”

Mar 19, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera throws the ball during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a ground ball off the face early in Angels camp and now Miguel Cabrera has suffered the same fate today against the Phillies.

Hunter Pence‘s one-hopper struck Cabrera in the face and the first baseman-turned-third baseman left the field a bloody mess, although he at least did so under his own power and may have actually been saved by the ball hitting his sunglasses.

Chris Iott, who covers the Tigers for, wrote that Cabrera was “bleeding as much as I have seen a baseball player bleed.”

Hot corner: Still hot.

UPDATE: Cabrera needs stitches and is also going for X-rays.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    That is the risk when a natural DH plays third base.

    • dlindstedt2 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Id beg to differ that the natural DH is currently playing first base for the Tigers.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Detroit has 3 natural DH’s; however, 1 is on the DL.

    • hammyofdoom - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      ANYONE would have been hit in the face with that hop, it was a bullet. Sure he won’t be good at third but this wasn’t on him

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        Anyone that size would have been hit in the face if he was standing in that location. Brooks Robinson would not have been hit in the face.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Because first basemen, second basemen and shortstops don’t field ground balls?

      • Kevin S. - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        Third basemen typically play closer to home plate than the other three positions.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 20, 2012 at 9:02 AM

        Since most third basemen play behind the bag, except in sacrifice and bunt situations (which are rare in the AL) and the first baseman plays at the bag a good majority of the time to hold runners, I would have to disagree with your assessment of the situation.

      • danmasi - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        it’s called the “hot corner” for a reason. A majority of big league hitters are right handed and its much easier to pull a ball than to go the opposite way.. Hence a greater amount of hot shots ending up being hit at the third baseman. Using basic geometry you could also see that 3rd basemen are closer to the batter than either 2nd or shortstops.

  2. justinreds - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Just watched it happen live on TV, pretty nasty stuff.

  3. gerryb323 - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Also saw it live and FWIW, Francona and Hershiser both said that any third baseman would have taken that one off the face.

    It was hit about as hard as Pence could hit it….and yes, lots of blood.

  4. mvpolamalu - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    There is so much blood in your head that big impacts like that bleed A LOT. i know from first hand experience

  5. leerosenthall - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    I stopped for a few minutes to watch the game from my desk so I saw it happen live too (and up close) and it was fucking SCARY how close it came to his eye. I think it hit him in the sunglasses, and it was the frame that actually cut his cheek. Amazing that he was still standing and walked off the field because Pence scalded that pitch.

    Terry Francona claimed that bad hop would have have done the same to any third baseman, but count me skeptical. It’s not like bad hops are that unusual, and how often do you see a guy take one right in the face like that?

    • gerryb323 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      On second thought, you may be right….a good third baseman may have just ducked!

  6. randygnyc - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Could have been much, much worse. Could have been A-Rod (God forbid)

  7. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Didn’t you guys hear? MLB is running a lot of throwback campaigns this year. Throwback caps, jerseys, and injury reports that are thrown back all the way to my high school team.

  8. unlost1 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    non-issue:he used to play 3b for florida

    • dondada10 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      I used to have hair. Some things change.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    and my fantasy draft is on Wednesday! Let’s see if this changes Leyland’s plans…

  10. chiadam - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Get used to that. He was bad at first, right? Right. He’ll be worse at third.

  11. patg1041 - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    He ain’t got time to bleed.

    Can’t believe I’m the first person to post this.

    • paperlions - Mar 19, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Cabrera is no Jesse the Body….Cabrera has plenty of time to bleed.

  12. frank433 - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Well, that proves there is blood in his alcohol stream.

  13. fister30 - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Si or No? Si motherf—er!

  14. detroitcityryda - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    He’s very lucky if he got hit directly in eye his glasses could have shattered and lost his eye .thank god he turned sideways .

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