RealClearSports
Advertisement

Tigers Need Ordonez to Guide Cabrera

AP Photo

This has to be tough and embarrassing for Miguel Cabrera, and the Tigers have to be tough about it. Welcome him back? Sure, and that's their plan.

But now, the bond cannot be unconditional. And the guy who must deliver as much tough love as anyone is Magglio Ordonez, a fellow Venezuelan, a highly respected veteran and one of Cabrera's closest friends.

Ordonez stood in the sun Friday and firmly delivered the words Cabrera needs to hear. Whenever Cabrera shows up for spring training, they're the words Ordonez plans to personally deliver.

"He's the franchise player, and he understands they're building the team around him," Ordonez said. "He needs to pull everything together. He's our superstar and we need him acting like a superstar."

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Tigers Underperforming or Overrated?

Lynn Henning, Detroit News - May 18, 2012

It is late afternoon at Comerica Park and the scoreboard says in big, baby-blue letters that the Twins just beat the Tigers for the second consecutive day. In slightly smaller baby-blues, it insists the Tigers are 18-20 six... more »

Injured Rivera Not Ready to Quit

John Harper, New York Daily News - May 5, 2012

If a man can make walking with crutches look effortless, well, who else but Mariano Rivera? Here he was, practically gliding across the clubhouse on his new crutches, when he noticed everyone studying his every move. “I didn't... more »

Can Indians Salvage Ubaldo Jimenez?

Terry Pluto, Cleveland Plain Dealer - May 5, 2012

Dan O'Dowd made it known that Ubaldo Jimenez was available; it was as much a warning as an opportunity. The Tribe knew that. Just as they know O'Dowd well. He is the team's former assistant general manager from 1988-98. He has... more »

MLB: The Art of Buying Low

Nando Di Fino, CBS Sports - May 5, 2012

Fortunes have been made on being able to figure out when it's just the right time to buy something low. Cars, stocks and bread are just a few examples. Of course, each comes with its own set of risks: the car could... more »