The Florida Treasure Coast Palm reports that Detroit Tigers All-Star first baseman Miguel Cabrera was arrested in St. Lucie County on charges of DUI and other offenses. Sheriff’s investigators found the 27-year-old Cabrera, a Boca Raton resident, and his black 2005 Range Rover on the side of Okeechobee Road before 11 p.m. Wednesday. Smoke was spewing from underneath the hood and Miguel Cabrera was hitting a bottle of James Buchanan Scotch.
Miguel Cabrera: Detroit’s $152.3 million problem
In 2008, Miguel Cabrera signed an eight-year, $152.3 million extension that will keep him with the Detroit Tigers through 2015. His gaudy offensive numbers – .313 average with 247 home runs and 879 RBI in eight seasons – warranted the pay within the MLB labor market, but as early as 2009, trouble started. Just before the Tigers faced the Minnesota Twins at the end of the season for the American League Central division title, Miguel Cabrera was involved in a domestic violence incident with his wife, and alcohol was a factor. During the off-season, the Tigers ordered him into a treatment facility.
Cabrera’s recent DUI arrest
Jump ahead to Okeechobee Road, Wednesday night. The St. Lucie County sheriff asked a bleary-eyed Miguel Cabrera if someone was with him in the car. Cabrera’s reportedly “heavily slurred,” semi-incoherent response was, “I am going to (expletive) kill him.”
Not liking where things were headed, the sheriff eventually handcuffed Cabrera and led him to his patrol vehicle, after the star slugger refused a breath test. This led Cabrera into a perhaps not unexpected outburst of drunken narcissism:
“Do you know who I am? You don’t know anything about my problems!” he said.
Miguel Cabrera ran out into the road, stumbled around, cursed at the officers on the scene and eventually found himself on the receiving end of a series of subduing knee spikes.
‘It’s not an alcohol problem,’ says Cabrera
After the 2009 domestic violence incident, Cabrera told reporters that he did not have a drinking problem.
“You guys write in the paper ‘alcoholic,’ that’s not right. … I don’t know how to explain, but it’s not an alcohol problem.”
Miguel Cabrera has been charged with DUI and two misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer without violence. He also received a citation for having an open container of alcohol in his car.
Miguel Cabrera stats: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cabremi01.shtml
NBC Sports: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/17/miguel-cabreras-arrest-was-ugly/
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