Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera sticking by 2023 retirement plans

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera sticking by 2023 retirement plans

Miguel Cabrera is sticking by his plan to retire for good after this season.

The 39-year-old Detroit Tigers infielder, and probably the greatest hitters in MLB historical past, stated late final yr his twenty first season can be his final.

He stood by that following Venezuela’s World Baseball Traditional exercise on Friday.

He added, too, that he doesn’t plan on pulling “a Tom Brady” — retiring, then unretiring, identical to the legendary quarterback did with the Buccaneers this previous season.

“My physique is actually telling me that this may be the correct time to name it a profession,” Cabrera told ESPN. “I’m actually grateful for all that I’ve been in a position to reside and achieve on the baseball area. However it’s time to go.”

The 12-time All-Star stated his important aim is to remain wholesome as he enters the ultimate yr of a contract extension he signed with the Tigers earlier than his 2014 marketing campaign.

Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers looks on during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on October 04, 2022 in Seattle, Washington.
Cabrera plans on retiring following the 2023 season.
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The Venezuelan began his profession with the Marlins, successful a World Sequence in his rookie yr in the course of the 2003 season.

Cabrera joined the Tigers in 2008 and has stayed in Detroit ever since.

Throughout his time on the Tigers, Cabrera received consecutive MVPs in 2012 and 2013 and achieved a Triple Crown in 2012 — an achievement that hadn’t been reached since Carl Yastrezmeski did it with the Purple Sox in 1967.

He confirmed off his hitting prowess even additional by becoming a member of the three,000-hit membership final season.

Cabrera is presently enjoying with Venezuela for the World Baseball Traditional, the place he’s helped his workforce end 4-0 in pool play.

Miguel Cabrera #24 of Venezuela hits a single in the third inning against Puerto Rico at loanDepot park on March 12, 2023 in Miami, Florida.
The 12-time All-Star is presently enjoying with Venezuela’s nationwide workforce within the World Baseball Traditional.
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Cabrera stated there are “no phrases to explain” what it means to characterize Venezuela, and he informed ESPN that successful a WBC title can be simply as significant as successful one other World Sequence.

“Hopefully we will proceed staying wholesome and enjoying good baseball,” Cabrera stated. “However actually, all we hope to do is win for our nation. It will be a dream come true and an unbelievable factor to do as I end out my profession.”