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Beer League: Is Miguel Cabrera Still a First Round Risk?

Miguel Cabrera is hitting shots again.

Another Shot, a Mug Shot, from Miguel Cabrera.

Another Shot, a Mug Shot, from Cabrera.

Unfortunately, it’s not the kind of shots that the Detroit Tigers would like him to be hitting.

Late Wednesday, Miguel Cabrera was arrested on a drunken driving charge just 110 miles south of Lakeland where the Tigers are conducting Spring Training.  Inside the vehicle, Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a swig from a bottle of scotch in front of a deputy, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. He refused to cooperate and more deputies were called to the scene.

This isn’t the first time that Cabrera has been playing in the beer league.  Late in the 2009 season, police said Cabrera got into a fight with his wife after a night of drinking, shortly before his team lost a key game. The Tigers then lost an AL Central tiebreaker to Minnesota.

During spring training last year, Cabrera said he was done drinking alcohol after he spent much of the offseason in counseling.  “You guys write in the paper ‘alcoholic,’ that’s not right,” he said last March before a spring training workout. “I don’t know how to explain, but it’s not an alcohol problem.”  Sounds like a true…alcoholic.

Most fantasy baseball managers are looking for an even bigger year in 2011 for Miguel Cabrera now that he has some added protection in the Tiger lineup from Victor Martinez.  The 27-year-old hit .328 with 38 homers last year during a season that saw him finish second in the American League MVP voting.

When you look at the first round, there’s no doubt that Cabrera is there in any mixed league.  In fact, Cabrera is likely the #3 pick in the draft behind Albert Pujols and Hanley Ramirez.

Let us know what you think.  Does Cabrera’s alcohol problems give you the yips in selecting him in the first round?  Have you dropped him in your draft projection because of the latest drinking incident?

Let us know what you think in the comments section.  We’ll publish the best ones here in a future post.

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