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Questioning Cabrera at Third Base a Pointless Pastime: Fan Reaction
When the Detroit Tigers' acquisition of Prince Fielder took hold of the baseball world, the ensuing move of Miguel Cabrera to third base sent massive ripples throughout the game. Many, including some like baseball writer Keith Law, felt the switch would be an utter disaster. With veteran third baseman, Brandon Inge, remaining in contention with a $6 million contract, the decision became a massive complexity. Then, when Cabrera took a nasty hop to the face on March 19, it further escalated the discussion, as questions about shyness at the position could become a potential issue.
In the aftermath of the April 5, Opening Day contest against the Boston Red Sox, Cabrera came to terms with those who felt him lacking in the intangibles to consistently play the "hot corner," as he explained a muffed grounder he gave the matador treatment in the third inning. Whether, as he stated, to "protect his eyes" or if a nervous reaction to the previous injury, there is still no denying that it will take a lot of convincing to turn around the beliefs of many in the Tigers' fan base.
What should be noted is that, just two pitches prior, Cabrera made a phenomenally reactive catch, falling backward and landing on his ample posterior. Granted, a single play is not nearly enough to warrant a dramatic change in view for most fans. In game two of the series, on April 7, he not only made another incredible stop… he made three.
Of his performance feats on the defensive side of the ball, Cabrera's reaction on a line drive prompted an awe-inspiring dive that the crowd at Comerica Park was quick to appreciate. Added to the "tippy-toe" catch he had also made in the game, his return to third base is not, so it appears, the mega catastrophe predicted by many.
Errors will come. So, too, will incredible plays. It is the nature of the beast that is the third base position. Cabrera will have his ups and downs. Regardless, if the Tigers continue to hit the way their current lineup is capable of, as they showed in their 10-0 pasting of the Boston Red Sox, what errors and flubs may come his way will be effectively cancelled out by run production and wins. That, in itself, should equate to the end of the dismissing criticism.
The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and published, freelance author, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and writes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Great Lakes Loons and Notre Dame football.
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