Miguel Cabrera Will Devour Balls At Third Base And Other MLBullets

Miguel Cabrera fields a ball hit by Melky Cabrera in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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  • So, you've probably heard about and/or seen (if you haven't seen, you can see it after the jump) Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera take a hot shot off his face. The resulting injury - a laceration and a slight orbital bone fracture - will keep him out for at least a couple weeks. But that's only where the story begins, as this represents the rare opportunity to literally add insult to injury - something folks have been doing, in spades, over the past day and a half. The genesis of those insults, of course, is not the cold-heartedness of baseball fans (I tend to think that, deep down, none of us actually wants to see a player get hurt), but instead is the Tigers' foolish decision to move an inept-fielding first baseman over to the far more difficult hot corner. Baseball Prospectus' Ben Lindbergh takes the opportunity provided by the injury to not only poke some fun at Cabrera and his move to third, but also to drop some knowledge about the extreme nature of his move. In short: guys just don't make this kind of defensive move at this stage in their careers, and, when they do, they tend to be exceptional defensive players at their original position. Cabrera was one of the worst defensive first baseman in baseball. This cannot end well.

Cabrerapence

Brett Taylor is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and a Contributor here at Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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