Police called to Cabrera's home
Charges not filed against Tigers slugger, wife
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. -- Miguel Cabrera was taken into custody by police in a Detroit suburb early Saturday morning, but was not charged following an altercation between the Tigers slugger and his wife, the second incident in over several months involving Cabrera and Birmingham Police.
The recent incident, to which police responded after a 911 call from Rosangel Cabrera, happened hours before Cabrera arrived at Comerica Park for that Saturday night's Tigers game against the White Sox with bruises visible on the left side of his face.
The Detroit News first reported on Monday that police responded to a "family trouble" call early Saturday morning at the Cabrera home. Details of the incident were reported later by the News and the Detroit Free Press.
Cabrera did not comment on the incident or his injuries when asked on Sunday, but issued a statement through the Tigers public relations staff on Monday.
"There was an incident that took place on Saturday and it is a personal matter," the statement read. "I am sorry this has become a distraction, and I apologize to the Tigers, my teammates, and all of the fans. I would appreciate it if you would respect my family's privacy as I prepare for our next game."
The Tigers have not commented on the incident other than team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, who said Sunday he talked with Cabrera about the incident and called it a personal matter.
According to the incident report, officers were dispatched at 6 a.m. ET on Saturday to the Cabrera family home after receiving a 911 call. After police provided a Spanish-speaking interpreter, they determined that Mrs. Cabrera was upset that the Tigers first baseman had returned home intoxicated and was loud enough to wake up their young daughter.
Birmingham police chief Richard Patterson said Cabrera had been out drinking and that he had been informed Cabrera was out with a member of the White Sox, who were staying in downtown Birmingham at the Townsend Hotel.
According to Patterson, the officers determined the couple got into a verbal altercation around 5 a.m. Once they received the 911 call, they responded to the house moments later. Miguel Cabrera answered when officers arrived.
The report says that officers found injuries to both parties -- Miguel Cabrera had "an injury to the left side of his face," while Mrs. Cabrera "appeared to have suffered an injury to her lower lip." A cell phone was found damaged, as was a neck chain worn by the Tigers slugger. The report said the injuries appeared to come when they struggled over the cell phone that Miguel Cabrera was using.
After talking with the two separately, officers couldn't determine who was the aggressor in the incident, nor did either of them explain their injuries. That, plus the fact that neither side wanted to press charges, meant no arrests could be made.
"They were mutual combatants in this case," Patterson said.
Both sides also refused medical attention.
Because Mrs. Cabrera wanted her husband to leave, officers had to separate the two, which was why Miguel Cabrera was taken to the police station. Patterson said that Cabrera registered a .26 blood-alcohol level on a preliminary test, more than three times the legal limit for driving.
"He was not under arrest," Patterson said, "but we would not let him drive."
Officers took Cabrera to the station, where Dombrowski picked him up later that morning.
From a police standpoint, Patterson said, the matter is closed. However, Patterson said that officers would make charges if another incident occurred.
"There are no charges pending," Patterson said. "He was not arrested. Hopefully we will not have to be involved in their lives anymore, that they will straighten things out. If we are [involved], we will look at it even closer than we had this time.
"We're not going to continue to be called to their home, I want to make that clear, without somebody going to jail."
Cabrera went 0-for-4 in Saturday's game and didn't hit the ball out of the infield, including two strikeouts and a ground-ball double play to end a bases-loaded scoring threat. The injuries to the left side of his face were visible to television cameras.
This incident follows an Aug. 31 "suspicious circumstances" report involving Cabrera at a restaurant inside the Townsend, where witnesses said Cabrera got into an argument with a young man whom had supposedly told him that he needed to work out more.
Once the man's friend intervened and the argument escalated, according to the incident report, Cabrera challenged both of them to a fight outside and made a hand motion which they interpreted as a handgun, at which point another patron called police. Two waiters at the Rugby Grille escorted Cabrera out of the restaurant.
"He was not there when we got there," Patterson said. "We took his information. We contacted the Detroit Tigers and they immediately confronted him, got him in, and tried to get to the bottom of this."
According to a follow-up report with the police, the team called Cabrera into a meeting with Dombrowski and team legal counsel John Westhoff. Cabrera admitted to losing his composure due to several circumstances, including a poor performance at the plate, and Dombrowski told him not to frequent the hotel. No handgun was found in Cabrera's vehicle.
Cabrera enters Tuesday's American League Central tiebreaker in an 0-for-14 slump since his first-inning single on Thursday against the Twins. It's his longest hitless streak of the season, and it includes an 0-for-11 series against the White Sox this past weekend.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.