MLB season 21 for Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera it will probably be the last.
Cabrera, who will turn 40 at the start of the 2023 season, will hang up his boots at the end of the season to end his Hall of Fame career.
“I think it’s going to be my last year. It feels a little weird to say that,” Cabrera told MLB.com on Monday before this week’s benefit gala in Miami to raise money for his foundation. “I thought, I’m not going to say ‘never,’ but I think it’s time to say goodbye to baseball.”
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Cabrera says his goal is to stay healthy as he enters the final year of his eight-year, $248 million contract extension.
“One of my goals is to play a full season injury-free, try to help the Tigers win more games,” he said. “Because I feel like if we can stay healthy, we can get better on the field. If you don’t stay healthy, there’s no chance we can win. We had a lot of injuries this year and it hurt a lot. I’ll see if we can stay healthy all year.”
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The two-time MVP had a 2022 season full of accomplishments, recording his hit 3000 in April and becoming the seventh player to have 3,000 hits and 500 home runs in a career.
Cabrera says he’s open to any role next season after Scott Harris, the Tigers’ president of baseball operations, said Cabrera probably won’t play a role every day next season.
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“It depends on how I feel,” he said. “We are always open to talk and see. I always do what they want, what the coach wants me to do. I don’t worry if I’m going to play every day or not. So, if they give me a chance, I’ll play. If not, I’m going to support the team. I have to be a good teammate.”
Cabrera is 27 in the all time home run list with 507 and will have a chance to jump into the top 20 next season.