Reviewing the Cabrera press conference

Lots to take in from Thursday’s press conference with Miguel Cabrera, and the MLB press release that went with it. Here’s the list version of what we learned:

  • Cabrera will enter what MLB vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred termed “a multifaceted, professionally administered program” to address his alcohol issues.
  • The program setup will allow Cabrera to remain with the team throughout the process.
  • The Tigers and MLB are looking into somebody — sponsor, mentor, counselor, someone along those lines — to be with Cabrera on a regular basis for counseling, support and supervision, much like what Johnny Narron means for Josh Hamilton. Both the team and Cabrera have to be comfortable with whomever they bring on.
  • Cabrera apologizes to pretty much everyone involved — teammates, coaches, owner Mike Ilitch, friends, family, and the officer who made the arrest.
  • Cabrera has been cleared to work out with the Tigers and will take part in workouts. When he starts playing in games is up to manager Jim Leyland, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said.
  • Cabrera does not plan on getting up in front of his teammates to apologize to them as a group. He said he would rather talk with teammates individually over the course of camp, rather than do something planned or rehearsed. “He’d rather go to each guy 1-on-1, face-to-face, and he’ll apologize to each guy in his own way, throughout the day an din days to come,” Al Avila translated.
  • No, Cabrera can’t promise he’ll never relapse again, which is to be expected. But, as Avila translated at the press conference, “He is going to do everything possible for this never to happen again and restore everybody’s faith in him.”
  • Under Florida law, Cabrera can still drive while his case makes its way through the legal system (he has a certificate, but Florida’s Department of Motor Vehicles reportedly will review the case next month). However, Cabrera is choosing not to drive, and he didn’t drive himself from South Florida to Lakeland.
  • Cabrera was still undergoing outpatient counseling this winter. His last meeting was about four weeks ago.
  • Cabrera said he was driving his 2005 Range Rover to Lakeland last week with plans to have it shipped back to Venezuela for family members. He hadn’t driven it in 3-4 months, and the radiator went.

3 Comments

From what I have read, Johnny Narron is with Josh Hamilton basically 24/7. MLB Network commentator recommended Carlos Guillen. Carlos is a family man and I can’t believe he could possibly do what Johnny Narron does on a daily basis for Josh. Hopefully it will be someone who is single and doesn’t have family obligations because Miggy will be his family.

yeah, guillen or ordonez could be a good mentor for cabrera but not someone who would give constant accountability in his struggle for sobriety. maybe his offseason trainer would be the guy. like you say, a full time presence with the team, and would need to give up the rest of his clients to do it. seems intuitive that baseball and other entertainment industry jobs where there is a lot of travel and down time between performances probably have higher incidence of alcohol abuse. when the game’s over, where can these guys go other than their hotel room, and how many of those places don’t serve alcohol?

Let’s see…..bilingual, understands baseball and addiction, has the free time, and possesses the ability and willingness to kick Miguel’s butt if need be. They’ll find someone, but it doesn’t sound all that easy.
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I used to perform in rock bands, believe it or not, and I know that the last thing you want to do after a gig is go back to your room and sleep. Especially when you don’t need to be up until the following afternoon. You wouldn’t believe what’s available to a person during those wee hours. Or maybe you would. It’s not a normal life by any means.
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I’ll be glad to move on from this and, other than national broadcasts, we shouldn’t have to hear much more about it. I’m rootin’ for ya, big guy. Fight the good fight.
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–Rich

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