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5 Options for Miguel Cabrera’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution

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5 Options for Miguel Cabrera’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 season was another great one for American League MVP Miguel Cabrera but with a few twists. Even though the Detroit Tigers slugger won another Most Valuable Player award it wasn’t quite the same as his Triple Crown winning season of 2012. The 2013 season ended with a stretch that was incredibly tough for the big guy but he toughed it out. Unfortunately, he toughed it out only so the eventual world champion Boston Red Sox could defeat the Tigers in the ALCS.

If the Tigers believe in anything this offseason however it is that the New Year is a chance for another beginning. They are beginning a new era under new manager Brad Ausmus and Cabrera is even beginning another era as he makes the full-time move to first base. This should give him the better chance to stay healthier, play longer and keep that big bat in the lineup all season.

What would be the New Year’s Resolution for the American League’s best slugger? There could be any number of them from any number of angles. Clearly he is someone with a personal life that surely will bring plenty of chances for resolutions but this is about baseball. What could Cabrera’s baseball resolutions be as the calendar changes over to 2014? We are going to look at a few possibilities or options that he could pick from. Feel free to add your own in the comments section below.

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5 – To Keep Killing Baseballs

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Hitting the baseball as consistently well as Cabrera does is most definitely not easy. Every single season and every year it takes a renewed commitment to do as well or better than the season before. This drive to renew his focus on hitting the ball hard yet again is definitely good enough to be considered the big guy’s resolution.

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4 – To be Unafraid of the DH

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The end of the 2013 season allowed us all to see a Miggy that could barely walk. He earned the respect of everyone by playing to a fairly high level in spite of the injuries but forcing himself to accept the DH role time or two here and there to save those legs wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

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3 – To Become the Best First Baseman he Can Be

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I don’t know that the Tigers will have a huge goal for Miggy to reach as a defender at first base. He can do the job but the desire to be better than he has been even at his best would no doubt be a driving force that would lead to him having yet another monster season with the bat as well. If he stunk it up at first all season one would have to believe it wouldn’t be quite as good on his bat as if he rocked it over there.

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2 – To Stay Healthy

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This sounds obvious and it kind of is but Miggy needs to come as close to physically making certain he doesn’t risk injury as he can without going too far down that road where he would actually risk more injury. I think we all know that Cabrera gives a hundred percent of what he has to the team every time out but being 100 percent healthy when the postseason hits would be even more important than that.

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1 – To Send Texas Rangers a Huge Thank You Card

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Whatever better chance Miggy has to repeat his MVP seasons will have a large part to do with the trade of Prince Fielder to the Rangers. It isn’t just potentially important because of the money freed up off of Fielder’s contract. It is also a big deal because Miggy can be placed at first base as they already plan to do and elongate his career and his impact for the team.