Father Time does not forgive anything or anyone. And Miguel Cabrera found it out this past season, as he recorded the worst numbers of his career due to a persistent back injury that kept him away from his best shape. He just averaged .249, hitting 16 home runs and 60 RBI's in 2017.
Cabrera is now 34 years old, and there was a conversation last campaign on whether this was the start of the decline of a future Hall of Famer, or if he can bounce back the upcoming seasons and be once again, one of the best in baseball.
The two-times MVP spoke with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN and said that he feels rejuvenated this offseason, after playing through pain most of last season and he has some strong words to his doubters:
We (players) always talk and we know what people say, but they're never going to be in our shoes," hey're never going to play hurt the way we do. We believe in what we can do in the field. If we're healthy, we know we can do a lot of things. And if we're hurt, we're going to still fight. A lot of guys won't play if they have a (hangnail). If people don't appreciate it, f--- it. Teammates appreciate it, and the league knows how you play
Cabrera is regarded as one of the best, if not the best hitter of his generation, winning multiple awards and holding numerous records. He was the first player since 1967 to win the batting triple crown when he won it in 2012.