Posted by Matt Snyder
Through much skepticism and negativity, Miguel Cabrera took part in his first spring training game of the season Monday afternoon for the Tigers. He has faced a bit of an outcry from the media for playing baseball instead of going to rehab after his second alcohol-related arrest in two years.
For those interested, Cabrera went 0 for 2 with a walk. Both outs came on a groundout to third base and he was removed in favor of a pinch-runner after his walk in the sixth inning.
Really, though, the results don't matter. It's spring training. Early at-bats in the spring are just for hitters to work on timing and start getting back into the groove. He got some cuts in, made contact and then took a walk.
The main thing for Cabrera the rest of spring anyway is going to be staying sober and making nice with as many people as he can. We know he can rake, and he'll do so again this season once the real season starts.
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