Miguel Cabrera Agreed To Settlement In DUI Case Prior To Spring Training

Miguel Cabrera pleaded guilty to DUI charges as part of a plea bargain which rendered him no jail time, a fine, and community service.

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Miguel Cabrera DUI Arrest Settled As Tigers OF Pleads No Contest

Detroit Tigers outfielder Miguel Cabrera was arrested last February on charges that included driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence prior to spring training. Cabrera was able to reach a settlement on those charges Thursday as he plead no contest to the DUI charge while getting resisting an officer charge dropped.

Cabrera won't need to serve any jail time under the plea agreement, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press, but he apparently was ready to go through the legal battle if it wouldn't have disallowed him from joining the Tigers during this year's spring training.

"Miguel Cabrera is determined not to allow this to go on any further," his lawyer, Michael Kessler, said in a statement. "He wants this behind him before the start of spring training. For that reason, and for that reason only, Miguel Cabrera asked me to settle this case today."

Cabrera's plea agreement came on the same day that the defense provided additional evidence that included photos of the restaurant Cabrera was at prior to his arrest and transcripts of a 911 call, according to the Free Press.

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Report: Former Major Leaguer Raul Gonzalez Hired As Companion For Miguel Cabrera

In the hours and days following Miguel Cabrera’s arrest on suspicion of drunk driving, many fans and reporters suggested that the Tigers hire someone to work as a coach, companion or “accountability partner” who could help keep Cabrera out of trouble and avoid temptation. The model cited was the arrangement that the Texas Rangers have set up for outfielder Josh Hamilton with coach Johnny Narron.

From the Detroit Free Press:

On the road, the two have adjoining rooms. They eat together, with Narron usually handling the cash because Hamilton doesn’t carry more than $20 to help keep temptations at bay. They study the Bible together. They go to the park together. The exception is when Hamilton’s wife Katie and his family travel with him.

Such a mentor figure is apparently considered necessary in the treatment program set up for Cabrera by Major League Baseball and the players’ union, as former major league outfielder Raul Gonzalez was hired to be a companion for the Tigers’ first baseman during the season. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said that Gonzalez was recommended by Cabrera’s representatives.

From FOXSports.com:

“They knew him, and knew him well, and thought he would be a good person,” Dombrowski said. “They wanted us to meet him. Miguel had never met him until that took place.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about him throughout his career, as far as a person. When I met him, I was very impressed. He’s a quality individual.”

According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Tigers wouldn’t specify exactly what Gonzalez’s responsibilities would entail, citing health privacy laws. Dombrowski did say that Gonzalez would be with the team for the entire season. And though he won’t be suiting up for games, Gonzalez will help out with pregame on-field workouts.

Gonzalez, 37, played professionally for 20 seasons, seeing time in the majors from 2000-2004, mostly with the New York Mets. He was still playing in the Mexican League as recently as last year, and was preparing to play this season before being tabbed to assist Cabrera. Gonzalez is a native of Puerto Rico.

One person who could definitively vouch for the Tigers’ new hire is shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who played with Gonzalez in the Cleveland Indians’ system.

“Good player, good guy,” Peralta said. “Intelligent guy. He has a lot of experience. He had the respect (of his teammates). When I played with him, he was never in trouble. He was always at the field. A good father and family guy.”

Morosi also said in his report that Dombrowski would not say who would be paying Gonzalez’s salary, whether it’s the Tigers, MLB, the players’ union or Cabrera himself.

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Report: Miguel Cabrera Threatened Bar Patrons Before Arrest

One week before Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is scheduled to be arraigned for his February 16 DUI arrest, a police report was released by the Florida state attorney’s office.

According to the report, police were called to a steakhouse after Cabrera allegedly threatened the bar manager and an off-duty wildlife officer who was nearby. Cabrera walked into the establishment following last call and was asked to leave. Instead, he went over to a table and began talking to people.

When the bar manager, Fletcher Nail, asked Cabrera to leave again, a threat was allegedly made.

From the Detroit News:

When Nail again asked him to leave, Cabrera patted a bag on his shoulder and leaned down close to the manager’s face.

“You don’t know me,” Cabrera told him. “I will kill you. I know all of you, and I will kill all of you and blow this place up.”

The off-duty agent on hand backed up Nail’s story, saying that Cabrera told them “he had a gun in his bag for us.” But the police report does not indicate that Cabrera was found with a gun when he was arrested.

Once police were called, Cabrera left the steakhouse. But not before getting into a verbal altercation with a patron on the front porch, according to the Detroit Free Press. Approximately a half-hour after leaving, Cabrera’s SUV was found by the side of the road 20 miles away from the restaurant.

Previous reports mentioned that Cabrera was upset when police approached him, threatening to kill someone and complaining that the officers didn’t know his problems. But the Detroit News story on the police report includes a disturbing anecdote that indicates Cabrera’s addled state of mind.

When deputies told Cabrera to drop to his knees so they could handcuff him, he said, “(expletive) shoot me. Kill me.”

The Oakland Press has police video of Cabrera’s arrest.

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Miguel Cabrera Will DH On Monday Against Yankees

Miguel Cabrera will make his spring training debut on Monday against the Yankees after missing the first week of workouts due to a DUI.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that Cabrera will take up the DH spot in a game that will also feature Justin Verlander squaring off against C.C. Sabathia.

Leyland said he checked with many members of the organization before he decided to put Cabrera into Monday’s lineup.

“I talked to him, I talked to every trainer (with the club), I talked to the coaches, and I called my boss (Dave Dombrowski), so that everyone was on the same page,” Leyland said.

The Tigers began their Grapefruit League play on Saturday with Phil Coke helping the Tigers take a 4-0 win in his debut as a starting pitcher. The Tigers will sandwich Monday’s game against New York with another duel against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

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MLB Issues Statement On Miguel Cabrera

The MLB issued a statement on Miguel Cabrera and what lies ahead for the Tigers perennial MVP candidate [via Detroit Free Press]:

“Over the past several days, Miguel Cabrera has been evaluated by representatives of the Treatment Board jointly operated by the Commissioner’s Office and the MLBPA. Our Treatment Board is staffed by outstanding doctors who are experts in dealing with addiction issues. Mr. Cabrera has voluntarily cooperated and has been completely forthcoming in this process.

"As a result of the evaluation, the Treatment Board has recommended a multifaceted, professionally administered program for Mr. Cabrera, which will include supervision as is necessary to ensure that he adheres to his program. Mr. Cabrera understands the importance of this program and is fully committed to the program. He also understands that any future alcohol-related incidents could involve more serious consequences."

Miguel Cabrera arrived at camp around 3:45 p.m. EST where he met with Tigers officials. He is expected to meet with the media and speak for the first time since his arrest around 4:30 p.m. EST. We’ll update this stream after his media session is over with video and a transcription of what was said.

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March 16 Court Date Set For Tigers' Miguel Cabrera

An arraignment has been scheduled for Miguel Cabrera’s DUI arrest. The court date for the Detroit Tigers’ first baseman will be March 16 at the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Fort Pierce. Judge Cliff Barnes will hear the case.

However, Cabrera does not have to appear in court himself that day, if he so chooses.

From MLive.com:

According to a representative of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court, Cabrera can, through an attorney, waive the arraignment and not have to appear on March 16. The Tigers are scheduled to play the St. Louis Cardinals in Lakeland at 1:05 p.m. on March 16, but it is unclear whether the American League’s Most Valuable Player runner-up in 2010 will be with the club at that point.

But when will Cabrera report to the Tigers’ spring training camp? That still isn’t known. Cabrera is meeting with doctors this week, after which a course of treatment will be recommended. Other than that, the Tigers say it’s team policy not to discuss legal matters involving players.

The Tigers begin their exhibition schedule on Friday with their annual game against Florida Southern.

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