Posted March 13, 2012

Jim Leyland: Miguel Cabrera Will Not Be Taken Out For Defense

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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland told MLB.com that Miguel Cabrera will not be substituted late in games for a defensive replacement.

“He’s the third baseman,” Leyland said. “That’s the way it is and I’m not ‘defensing’ for him. I’ve seen that too many times.”

The 28-year-old is considered by many to be one of the best sluggers in the game, however he was asked to move across the infield from first base after the Tigers signed Prince Fielder as a free-agent. Cabrera played third base for the Florida Marlins when he broke into the majors, but he has not played there since 2007. In total, he has played 387 games at third base, and committed 48 errors.

Last season Cabrera won the American League batting title, hitting.344/.447/.586. He also played 152 games at first base, committing 13 errors.