Miguel Cabrera, the longtime cornerstone of the Detroit Tigers, comes into the 2018 season on the heels of the worst statistical performances of his career. He’s determined to bounce cheap arizona cardinals jerseys back this summer. Luckily, for both him and Tigers fans, projections seem to universally agree that’s precisely what will happen. The former Triple Crown winner appears to have left nagging issues of health and on-field slumps in the rear view mirror.
A back injury sustained during the World Baseball Classic cost him the remainder of the tournament and most of spring training. As the season wore on, various injuries reared their head, leading to extensive slumps that merited uncharacteristic expressions of frustration.
The Cabrera of old, the one everyone expected to be there after all these cheap authentic jerseys years, never arrived.
Instead, Cabrera went on to record the worst numbers of his career, posting an unimpressive slash line of .249/.329/.399, with only 16 home runs — the second lowest total of his career to only his 2003 rookie season. For the first time since 2009 he was not selected to the All-Star team. His 91 wRC+ marked the first time in his career he finished below the league average (100 wRC+ is rated as average via FanGraphs).
It was obvious that something wasn’t right
Cabrera looked uncharacteristically awkward at the plate, swinging at pitches he once let pass. When he would make contact he wouldn’t hit the ball as hard as he used to. Cameras routinely caught him wincing in pain after imperfect swings. He moved slower than usual in the field and on the basepaths (yes, it’s possible to move that slow. See also: Victor Martinez). Injury speculation — evident even to the relatively untrained eyes of fans — was rampant, though neither Cabrera or the club would come out and say so.
Late in the season these suspicions were confirmed, as it was revealed Cabrera never fully healed from his WBC back injury. He had been playing through pain for most of the season. Cabrera was diagnosed with two herniated discs in September as he limped to the finish line of a di