I just switched over to WGN for a moment and saw Miguel Cabrera's HR. It was impressive, but I could not help but notice that he looks MUCH heavier than last year. I'm not talking about the performing enhancing kind of heavy, he just looks fat. He's listed at 210 on Yahoo, but there is no way that is even close.
By Juan C. Rodriguez South Florida Sun-Sentinel Posted May 16 2007
PITTSBURGH · Fair or not, just about any fan criticism of the Marlins these days includes Miguel Cabrera's physique among the root problems.
Cabrera is in a slump? Someone will say it's because he's fat. He made an error at third? Check out how heavy he looks. The Marlins are struggling? Look no further than the scale to figure out why.
LocalLinks Afforded the chance to address the issue before Tuesday's game, Cabrera acknowledged he has been trying to slim down.
He said he's at 250 and hopes to trim at least 10 additional pounds. The Marlins have spoken with him, but no one in the organization is interested in addressing the matter publicly, considering how sensitive Cabrera is about it.
Plus, it's difficult to slam your best player when he has hit well over .300 most of the season.
"Up to now it hasn't affected me," Cabrera said. "[The Marlins] always tell me, but I have to take things easy."
What has affected Cabrera is the 0-for-15 skid he brought into Tuesday's game. Manager Fredi Gonzalez gave him Wednesday off after noticing signs of frustration during Monday's 0-for-4, three-strikeout performance. Cabrera swung at a bad 3-0 pitch and grounded out during one at-bat. In his final turn, he spiked his helmet after Matt Capps struck him out.
"We're benching him for the rest of the season," Gonzalez joked. "He's going to manage today. I'm going to sit and watch him manage."
Cabrera didn't make any pitching changes, but he did take out the lineup card.
"It's a good break for him," Gonzalez said. "You have to do that. I may do that with a couple of other guys here in the next three or four days. ... I just saw a frustration I hadn't seen before. When good hitters get frustrated and are getting themselves out, you need to give them a little breather."
With Cabrera out of the starting lineup, Gonzalez had Alfredo Amezaga lead off and Hanley Ramirez bat third for the second time this season. Tuesday marked the first time a healthy Cabrera did not start. He missed two games last month with an oblique strain.
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