Cabrera named AL Player of the Month

He batted .330 (35-for-106) with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in July to go with a .848 .613 (sorry, press release was wrong) slugging percentage and .357 OBP. According to the release, Cabrera gets a 52-inch HDTV from Sharp (award sponsor) and a trophy for the honor, which is considerably more than the watch for player of the week award-winners.

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Well that puts my mind at ease that he won’t have to drop the cash from his $153 million contract to get a HDTV (poor attempt at humor there).
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In all seriousness, congrats to Miguel. It seems he’s settling in now and performing the way most of us thought he would at the beginning of the year. The problem is that he’s elevating his game, and the pitching staff is falling apart.

Hey, good job, big fella.
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The biggest compliment I can give Miguel is that he’s occupying a special status previously reserved only for Mickey Mantle and Kirk Gibson. That is, if I have the game on and I’m just walking through the room doing whatever, I stop to watch when he comes up to hit. “Hey wait a sec, Cabby’s up.”
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–Rich

Congrats to Cabby, what a thrill it is to see him finally finding his comfort zone in Detroit. I was at both games when he hit the walk off homers. The place exploded.
Rich, in an earlier post you mentioned how great the game of baseball is and that we are going too far with our emotions when our Tigers lose. You are right and just being able to see the Tigers play is awesome, if they win then it’s a bonus. My husband tells me the same thing.
Go Tigers, it’s not over yet.
Dee

Big congrats to the big guy. He’s a fun player to watch and has a little attitude which is a plus in my opinion. Getting better everyday at first as well.
I’m wondering if there will be any moves or announcements before tomorrow’s game, especially since JL was fired up before yesterday’s collapse. There probably won’t be but it would seem like the time to do it if ever.

Wow, mis-read the previos comment and thought for an instant it said that JL was “fired” before the game! Wishful thinking?

Congrats to MC. I’m looking forward to him doing this all season next year, comfortable at first base, with some new teammates (SS, DH).

Perhaps we should try and work out some sort of sponsorship with some company to give us something really expensive for free for the best blog comment of the month. For Jebus’ sake, its “player of the month.” Congrats on performing your job description for 30 days. You get a TV for doing it for a month, while I have to do it for twelve straight months just to have any hope of getting a raise.

http://decibel-dot-129.mlblogs.com

Truly devastating performance by our Tigers since the All Star break. They don’t have the collective ability to turn things around.
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Many changes have to be made for next year. The bullpen for sure, and just because Rodney has been atrocious, Zumaya undpendable and hurting and Farnsworth showing he is not the answer, does not mean the Todd Jones is a solution either. He is not. He is old, his arm is gone, and he is getting hit harder with each and ever time out.
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I completely agree with the comments about Sheff and the fact that he is trotted out there time and time again has been demoralizing. Maybe not to Raburn but quitel likely to Inge and Thames. .
The Tigers have to retool. The over 35 club needs to be re-examined and IMO you take what you can get for a guy like Ordonez right now, before he loses his already diminishing value. Big deal- he had a superb year last year and wond the pennant for us the year before with a prodigious swing. He also hits into DPs with alarming regularity and is about as frightening on the base paths as Sean Casey was. His defense is below average and sometimes completely unmotivated.
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It’s time to bring in some speed, hustle and youthful exhuberance.
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We also STILL need a shortstop and a catcher.
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Robertson has to go–and believe it or not, there will be a team that will want him.
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I think Thames has value too. At least now until JL benches him once again to keep him from getting ABs.
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As far as enjoying the Tigers this year I think the only things I really saw as enjoyable and promising have been Curtis Granderson’s improvement on hanging in and hitting LHP. That was truly an awesome achievement and, of course, the emergence of Galarraga, as a solid starter.
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I think Joyce may have some potential too, I do wish he had a little more intensity but maybe some of Clete’s will rub off on him.

That TV is compensation for the plastic (instead of marble) base on the trophy, Decibel. Maybe Miguel could find it in his heart to donate it to someone on this blog…..the TV, not the trophy. Congrats to MC……he is fun to watch.

Hey, I like that donation idea! My T.V. just died on me a few weeks ago, been watching the games on the little 18 in. lol. Anyway, congrats to Cabby. We at least have a bright spot in his recent performance! And are there really a half dozen women that post here?

This will be an interesting offseason, that’s for sure. Last winter I thought we just needed a tweak here and there, mostly pitching, but that’s not the case now. There are a large number of players who could be moved. They won’t all be moved, of course, and the team will still look familiar next year, but I’m looking to fill needs. On that subject, there are so many needs that’s it’s to the point of stepping back and asking what kind of team we want to have. That’s imperative before making any moves. DD has his work cut out for him.
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In the meantime, perhaps the players should be looking at the rest of this season as if it’s a salary drive. If they don’t respond, I assume JL won’t be here next year. It doesn’t appear the guys are buying what he’s selling anymore.
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It will be interesting.
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–Rich

Stacey, I can think of four just off the top of my head, and I think there’s a couple more.
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I don’t comment often but I too am woman, hear me roar (pun intended). Congrats to Miguel, I’ve seen him hit a homer in person and I think he is definately an asset to this team. As disappointing as the games were this weekend I still love our Tigers and am looking forward to going to the game this Sunday, it’s on field photo day. Last year I got my picture taken with Pudge and Kenny Rogers. This year I’m hoping for Inge and Maggs. I know it sounds corny but me and my girlfriends go and get down there on the field with all the kids just a bunch of middle aged groupies who love the tigers and baseball. Although October is slipping away from us, I will hold out hope just like Tiger Girl, til the bitter end. Go Tigers!

Hey Tiger girl and all the rest, you know I am an optimist and a die hard tiger fan. I said no trades and am less than happy about the Pudge trade. I watched Maybin play here in GR and did not want to see him gone or any of the other promising young players. Just like your big company, you wnat to promote within and not hire outside. My wife and I were on vacation in beautiful northern Michigan this weekend and missed the games. So Farnsworthless blew the game? I will cheer on my Tigers until the fat lady sings. Greg, God is always in first place and the Tigers run a close second:) Congrats to MC. Go Tigers! –Dave

Ok, I just read all of the posts. Marty, I am proud to say and write that Jesus is my Savior. I like to throw strikes and make the players hit the ball. Walks! Arg! And defense, yea, it is important. This is modern technology that we can all get along and talk about our favorite baseball team. We all like to win and when we don’t it is not fun and we get emotional. Last but not least, Rodney needs to make a movie called the “Closer” :) Go Tigers! –Dave

JL said, “We’ve got too many guys not producing. This is a game about production. If people can’t play all out, we’ll put someone else in there who can.

“This is not a threat, I’m not upset, but some things are not acceptable. You can’t keep putting the ball in people’s hands and not get production.”
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Blah,Blah, Blah. He is a big part of the team’s problem this year. He has played guys that do not deserve to play, he has not played guys that did deserve to play. he has come out contradicted himself a number of times. He has gotten miffed at the media often and been downright rude with them and almost insinutate that they were to blame. he has stated that he doesn’t “beliveve “in team chemistry.
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Is there any wonder tht the team has no identity, no leasership and no cohesiveness?
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They shot their wad and came up empty. It’s time to re-jig the machine and embark on a new direction. The fans (3 million of them again) are behind this team and will accept the change. They are knowledgeable fans and wil appreciate a newer, younger and faster brand of baseball.
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Let’s get on with it and really who caresiff JL say he is ashamed, embarrassed or disgusted. It’s all face-saving rhetoric and the time fro changing things up was in May, not now. This is not about Jim Leyland, it’s about the Detroit Tigers and he has been a major factor in making them a 2nd tier team. Time to go. Time to bring in a fresh face with an understanding of how to play baseball in the 21st century.
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I still think Dombrowski is a good GM, and I actually think he would be better if he didn’t have the albatross of loyalty to his colleague hanging from his neck.
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Leyland is partially right though when he talks about ‘no such thing as chemistry” their certainly is no chemistry on ths team, and this team has the watermark of jim Leyland all over it.

And folks, this BLOG may be a little despondent, after all we have seen our guys underperform all year, but let’s keep it about baseball.

BTW, I thought that we got too little for Pudge. I was hoping we might see something special but geez that looks like another bad deal. Maybe I should rethink about what I just said about DD above!.
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Cruceta is throwing BBs down in Toledo and seems to have found the strike zone. Oslund still looks good. Don’t see much down there in the way of starters.
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Tigers should do a little thinking about this staff next year–maybe look a little at what the Twins did. JL has talked about “throwing strikes” all year but we have seen very little progress in that department.
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Although, as I’ve stated how many times before that I hated that trade…. I must apologize to Cabrera(and yes, I know he’s not reading this!!) for criticizing him as an overrated player. The guy plays an excellent 1st base to my surprise, and that ball jumps off his bat.

Props to you big guy!! You’re a bright spot in this disastrous season and I’m sure you’d rather be back in Fl.

Let’s just hope for the sake of not going down in history as “The Debacle”……that Maybin’s play, never matches the hoopla that surrounded him….

Congrats Miguel – you have become a great asset to the team and although at times you look like you are not “into” the game, I believe that is just your personality and I do feel you are putting your heart into the game. Your play at 1st has really come along as well as your bat. And I too love the attitude he can show – I pity the pitcher that ever beans him intentionally! I remember a game a while back when he was in the dugout and someone got hit by a pitch and he was up on the steps immediately, just itching to rush the field if the batter took a few steps toward the mound. Not that I like violence, but it showed me early on in the season that he was part of the team and ready to defend his team.

OK Chicago, am hoping our day of rest did something for our pitching staff. I know he is not the solution, but has anyone heard any update on Jones and his arm?

Good for Cabrera. Still, I’m sure he’d rather be atop the division. This series against the sox should be real interesting — make it or break it.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

I read a comment by someone that the Tampa pitching staff has improved quite a bit since…hold on to your hats…Chuck Hernandez left for Detroit. Could he be the problem with the Tiger pitchers now? The way baseball goes, I can’t imagine he won’t be blamed even if it is not his fault. They need to look seriously at the pitching coach and hitting coach situations. How can a team like Tampa hit in clutch situations with basically no .300 hitters while the Tigers leave RISP even with several .300 hitters. If this has to go all the way up to Leyland, so be it.

Dan,
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Bout Sheff being everyday in the lineup, I didn’t mean that how it would affect Inge and Thames .. I meant the whole lineup. Due to Sheff’s “production”, other hitters have to pick up the slack, moreso the top 6 in the lineup. How bout they get on base and Sheff doesn’t get them in or GIDP.
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If Sheff was producing close to his potential, we would have more games in the win column, without the 1-6 guys contributing anything more. For example, if Grandy gets on base consistently, and the 3,4,5 hitters don’t get him in, not only they are bad, but Grandy looks bad cuz his runs scored stat would be depressed. This is a team game for a reason. Cabby is paid the big bucks to produce. Thames IS NOT paid the big bucks. Our pitchers are not paid as much.
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This team, rightly or wrongly, was based on hitting. It isn’t good that our pitchers can’t pull off a save, but production is expected of people who get the big bucks to produce. our hitters, and Sheff is like a wrench in our machinery.
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Rich .. I have been on sheff all year, and i don’t think i am wrong. While he won’t solve all our problems, it should be amazing how our team performs with “chemistry” once he is benched. We HAVE TO outscore our opponents. At least until we get good pitching.
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I don’t blame DD on any of the trades. People are thinking in the context of current situations, which is not actually wrong, since it shows the results. But we tend to forget the situations, that the trades were made under. Ask the fans of other teams about the same trade, and they will be unhappy as well. Now that Cabby is hitting, I see everyone coming on board. Didn’t we say earlier that he needs some adjustment period?
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All considered, I think DD does a good job of making us competitive. Based on what was available, and with our owner committed to spending big bucks. I think it has to be better managed by JL, and of course, the injuries didn’t help.

Forgot to add .. Our DH spot overall has the lowest avg. and production on the team. Isn’t it almost as if we are an NL team playing against the AL ?
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I don’t hate Sheff. It’s just that he will not take himself out of the lineup, even though he said so earlier. No self respecting player will quit. He is chasing a milestone. It’s JL who has to “Not Hesitate”

bhavin said “We HAVE TO outscore our opponents. At least until we get good pitching.” Last time I checked, you have to outscore your opponents to win whether your pitching sucks or not.

BH-I agree with your Sheff comment. I do believe his presence has been demotivating generally and not specifically to Inge and Thames.
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I also agree that it should not be up to him to take himself out of the lineup, a player is actually not the best judge of that!.
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Sheffield has picked things up a smidge. But only a smidge. His value on the team is not materialized by mediocre performance. His value is when he is absolutely bashing the ball around the yard at any given moment. Right now he is the embodiement of the Tiger ‘team”, older, good career numbers, getting by on reputation and present & former associations. In this group I submit Jones, Renteria, Robertson, Ordonez, Pudge, and Rogers. The process of change has started with the trade of Pudge and though I am not happy with the return on that trade I am pleased to see the recognition of change.
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I think the club can endure the departure of all of the above.
We have a couple of young outfielders that will bring us some energy and I think the key commodity we have to attract a top notch starter is Magglio. He is slowing down even more, he is not an intense ballplayer but he has the stroke and the ability to continue to hit the ball better than most. I think an even up trade for premier starter is not out of the question. That is the area that this team really needs to address. The bullpen is lousy but we won’t need it if we don’t develop a starting rotation. We can’t count on Rogers and Robertson next year. Willis either, for that matter, so they probably should go out and get themselves a guy like Sabbathia or Hamels maybe.
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OK–I know—I’ll stop. let’s get through this year and let’s find a way to piece together a couple of double digit winning streaks. Plenty of time left for the hot stove stuff.
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With Leyland’s statement of the other day (no hesitation) and the subsequent letdown on Sunday, should we expect to see a Mud Hen or two?

BH, I’m not specifying you or any one person for getting on Sheffield. In fact, I was referring to my overall take on how’s he’s been viewed on many boards and blogs ever since he got here. Especially the ones where people don’t care what they say. You know the ones. Conversely, it appears that Cabrera got a free ride during his breaking in period, which is to the fans’ credit.
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First let me say that I think JL and his staff have done a pretty poor job, and probably should be replaced. I can understand, however, how JL can look at Sheff and keep thinking he’s got to turn it around at some point. The thing is, Gary looks horrible up there. He doesn’t look anything like himself with some of of the swings he takes and some of the pitches he goes for. If he doesn’t have an injury then I don’t know what’s wrong with him. He won’t take himself out, though, not many guys do. I agree that it’s Leyland’s job to do that, and he didn’t do it. Now that Pudge and our flexibility is gone, he’s probably missed the opportunity to do so.
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Almost forgot, the chemistry thing with Sheffield out of the lineup may be valid, but it came during the annual run through the NL. Even Sheff won some games during interleague. I don’t think there’s any comparison between AL and NL pitching.
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I’m interested in seeing how JL “won’t hesitate” during this Chicago series. I wonder if Santiago’s start on Sunday is any indication. Still got Nate going tonight.
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Also wanted to mention Carlos Guillen. He’s had an awful lot thrown at him this year, from his wife’s problems to the almost circus-like shuffling of his position to him hitting in a slot he probably doesn’t like. Although he’s hitting about .280, that’s some 40 points below his usual average and his power numbers are way down too. This hasn’t helped. I would expect him to return to form next year, if not sooner.
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–Rich

Hi Dan, we were posting at the same time. I also think Ordonez could bring some much needed help to the team. I’m just afraid DD will pull the trigger on the wrong deal. As it is, I’m expecting ex-Marlin Livan Hernandez to be signed just any day now, if you get my drift. If Maggs can’t bring equal value, he’d make a jim dandy DH. He can go to his guru Edgar Martinez for tips on doing that too. At 35, he’s a prime candidate for that role next year. That would also probably require a different manager.
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The Twins LOST last night?!?!? Man, I’ve spent the entire day thinking we were 7.5 games back. Get with the program, Rich! So they had their own version of a demoralizing loss. Guess we’re still in it. There’s no escape. :-)
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Yeah Rich, they allowed 10 in the 7th. It puts my mind a little (although not much) at ease seeing them blow a lead like that.
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I’m not sure on the Livan Hernandez thing, he’s basically going to have his choice of “contenders” to go to and I’m not sure Detroit would be his choice.

To me the key question who would you rather have DH Guillen or Maggs. The loser of that debate should be traded.
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From there you can have joyce, clete, thames rotate the corner outfield spots. Or maybe even sign some power in the offseason. You can bring Inge back to 3rd. And find an everyday catcher.
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I’d like to see Santiago get the majority of the time the rest of the season. He has shown hints that he can be the everyday SS that this team needs. The rest of the season is a good time to find out if he can keep that up.
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The pitching I think we have enough pieces to put together a decent staff. Verlander, Bonderman, Galarraga, Miner. Maybe Willis comes back for the 5th, or you sign someone, or you leave it up for a young guy from the Minors.
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The BP we need a closer, sign one. From there, pick between zumaya, farnsworth, rodney to be the setup man. The rest head out of town. Then you have Seay, Lopez, Dolsi, Cruceta, Bautista. These guys should be able to handle the job.
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Anyways thats just my 2 cents.

Someone above mentioned some questions about Chuck Hernandez and how the staff improved after he departed Florida. Well…… The Angels would say the same thing too, that their staff actually came together more, AFTER Hernandez split the scene. I’ve said since he came to Detroit that it was a mistake. Guys like Leyland and Hernandez are part of the ol’ boys club. They’re guaranteed jobs at this level, regardless of how their teams do. Also a BIG mistake to bring in Leyland. Problem with JL is that too many players “like the guy.” That fact was true during the last couple years here too. But that needs to be seperated from the reality that, Leyland…… IS NOT a great manager. I think he’d be worse in the NL where you REALLY need to actually manage the entire game. He “might” be a “good” manager but that at best!! He calls a crappy game and so do the people that he surrounds himself with. I’d keep Van Slyke and that might be it. They should have NEVER leg Gibson out of town, even if they had to pay him to stay home and watch the games on tv. This team needs, and lacks, inhereent intensity. We need a manager like Ozzie. Someone who will actually tell Zumaya to, “get your butt out there and throw at his head.” They need some fire. They need to get a little ticked off! They need to dislike their competition. They need some tude out there. Until they get a little swagger(which probably won’t happen while JL is mgr) this team might not get any better. There’s not heart in Motown!!!

Piker, Willis is NOT coming back. At least not in a way thats going to benefit this team. THe Marlins laughed inside when the Tigers brass swallowed that hook.

Bad joke played on Dumbrowski and the Gang.

Thank you mitch for adding to the Hernandez history. I didn’t even know he was also with the Angels. I hope Dombrowski can see that he may very well be the problem with his past failures.

I noticed that a pitcher named Moehler shoutout the Cubs Monday night with good help from Byrdak. Is that the Moehler that used to be a Tiger? We have seen other pitchers come back after what appeared to be career-ending injuries or loss of control. Maybe Willis will eventually be one of those. Just how long will the Tigers wait for him? They gave him a contract for 3 years? Let’s hope he can do it in that time frame so he doesn’t rob the team like that Percival did. I really enjoyed it when he blew the save Sunday. These players have it made with these secured contracts no matter how poorly they perform.

Yes, that was Brian Moehler former tiger.

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