DETROIT - Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was taken to a police station over the weekend after getting into a fight with his wife at their suburban Detroit home when he came home drunk, authorities said Monday.
Birmingham Police Chief Richard Patterson said Rosangel Cabrera called 911 at 6 a.m. Saturday, requesting police assistance. An alcohol test found that Miguel Cabrera was at three times the legal limit for driving, police said.
No charges will be filed and both Cabreras refused medical attention.
“We determined that they both contributed to the domestic assault,” Patterson said. “It was minor in nature. They did have some marks on their faces. We could not determine who the aggressor was.”
Cabrera, who hit .323 with 33 home runs and 101 RBIs this season, is in the second season of an eight-year, $152.3 million contract he signed after Detroit acquired him in a blockbuster trade with the Florida Marlins.
Cabrera was the best hitter this season for Detroit. But on Friday night, with the Tigers desperately trying to wrap up the American League Central title, he went 0-for-4 and stranded four runners on base in an 8-0 loss to the White Sox. On Saturday night, he again went 0-for-4 and left six runners on base in a 5-1 loss to Chicago.
It wasn’t immediately known where Cabrera went after Friday’s game.
“He did not say exactly where he was at,” the chief said. “We learned that he was possibly at the local hotel with (a) ... player from another team, the White Sox. Now, that hasn’t been verified, nor are we in the process of verifying that, but obviously he had been drinking and that’s what we had heard.”
Cabrera’s agent, Fernando Cuza, did not immediately return a message Monday.
“I’m focused on one thing — the game,” Cabrera said Sunday when asked about the facial injuries. Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn’t want to talk about the issue Sunday.
Rosangel Cabrera asked that her husband leave the house, so officers took him to the police station, Patterson said. Cabrera was administered a breath test by police and registered a 0.26 blood-alcohol reading, Patterson said. The legal limit for Michigan drivers is 0.08.
Cabrera was picked up at the station by Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski around 7:30 a.m. Dombrowski declined comment Monday when contacted by The Associated Press.
“I have had a conversation with Miguel,” the Detroit GM wrote in an e-mail over the weekend. “It is a personal situation, and I am not at liberty to discuss it further.”
The Tigers finished the regular season tied the Twins for first place in the American League Central. The teams will play Tuesday in Minnesota, with the winner advancing to the playoffs.
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