The national media wants answers that either don't exist or won't be shared with the general public regarding Miguel Cabrera's personal issues. I know it's their job to ask, but (hypothetically) how do you feel about your superstar first baseman threatening to kill somebody and blow up a building? is probably not going to receive an honest answer. Of course, that won't stop them from pestering away, and that has naturally incited Tigers skipper Jim Leyland's not-so-nice side:â†µ
"I'm tired of people coming in here looking for (stuff)," Leyland said after being asked by a St. Louis reporter if he had "talked with the team" following this week's disclosures of new video and police reports stemming from Cabrera's February arrest.â†µ
"It is being handled by professional people," he continued. "End of conversation. For the final time.â†µ
"I don't have information, and if I did, I would not be in position to talk about it."â†µ
I can guarantee you that Leyland did not say "stuff." The national media's presence at the Tigers' camp has probably been like a revolving door, all asking the same questions, so it's no wonder Leyland is getting sick and tired of hearing questions about anything not related to the Detroit Tigers' on-the-field play.â†µ
Of course, Cabrera's unusually sluggish start to Spring Training begs the question whether his personal issues will have a negative affect on his production when games start to matter, and that's a relatively fair question. But there's only so much that can be said and Leyland has answered that question himself plenty of times. It shouldn't hurt that Cabrera came out and smacked an RBI double off the wall and a home run in his first two at bats in today's Spring Training game. Hush, people. Miguel Cabrera will be just fine.