Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera is on the twilight of a stellar career that could come to an end after this season.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Cabrera said he was unsure whether he would play after 2022 due to health reasons.
“I don’t feel good right now,” Cabrera said. “I’m trying to do everything I can to go out there and play, but I’m not feeling really good right now.”
The 39-year-old slugger has been worn down by knee injuries as he got older, forcing him to miss some time in 2022. Cabrera has played two decades in MLB, which is sure to cause wear and tear on even the toughest players. conditioned. Still, Cabrera managed to play in 90 of Detroit’s 106 games entering Thursday.
If this season is Cabrera’s last, he will go down as one of the most prolific hitters baseball has ever seen. His 3,074 hits are the 25th most in MLB history. He also ranks 27th on the all-time homers list with 506 longballs, and has four batting titles and a Triple Crown on his resume.
Along with collecting his 3,000th hit in April, Cabrera has struggled for most of this season. Entering Thursday, the two-time MVP was hitting .271 with just four home runs, 36 RBIs and 87 hits. While Cabrera’s .271 average is respectable, he lacks power and his .657 OPS is by far the lowest of his career.
Cabrera is contracted for $32 million next season and would lose that money if he decides to retire after this year. Regardless of what Cabrera’s future entails, he will almost certainly be in the Baseball Hall of Fame one day.