Chat with Miguel Cabrera
In 2006, Cabrera, 23, became the third-youngest player to have three straight 100-RBI seasons, behind only Mel Ott and Ted Williams. He also finished with a .339 batting average, setting a team high, besting Luis Castillo's .334 in 2000. In four seasons in the major leagues, Cabrera owns a .311 average. He has cut down on his strikeouts the last three years, while increasing his batting average every year.
Cabrera was a member of the 2003 World Series Championship-winning Marlins team. He hit .265 in the postseason as a rookie with four home runs in 17 games.
Cabrera will be joining us as soon as he finishes up a chat with ESPNDeportes.com. You can go check out his Spanish chat. So, send in your questions now, then join Cabrera on Tuesday at approximately 7:15 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (6:06 PM)
We've got a special night-time chat for you SportsNation. Florida Marlins' 3B Miguel Cabrera will stop by to chat later this evening. He'll be by around 7:15, right after he finishes a chat on ESPNDeportes.com!
Buzzmaster (7:33 PM)
Miggy will be here shortly folks. Keep sending in those questions!
Buzzmaster (7:47 PM)
Carlos, What latin players did you look up to when you were young?
Miguel Cabrera (7:47 PM)
Mostly the Venezuelan ones. Galarraga, Vizquel, Guillen.
Hey miguel, it must have been overwhelming starting your pro career so young and in a foreign country. How did you get through some of the more difficult times? (Miguel's answer here was: "Family is really important to me, and helps me in the good and bad times?especially the bad times. Family is the main thing.")
Adam (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Miguel, I am the biggest Marlins fan in Iowa and I am curious as to how hard it is to get pumped for a home game where there are more visiting fans or very few fans at all?
Miguel Cabrera (7:48 PM)
You've got to be self-motivated. Just playing ball professionally is a priviledge, and that's motivation enough.
hey miquel, super season last year! question? with the mets and phils considered the cream of the crop in your division what do you think your marlins have to do to be as competitive throughout the season?what do you think your team needs improvement in?
Miguel Cabrera (7:49 PM)
We need to be more consistent, we've got the pitching and the offense, but we've got to be more consistent at the end of games, closing out victories.
Brian (Enfild, CT)
You started at 3B, then moved to LF, then after Lowell was traded you moved back to 3B. Was the transition hard?
Miguel Cabrera (7:50 PM)
It hasn't been that difficult, I was just thankful to get the chance to play when I came up. The adjustments have to be made, but it's not all that bad.
Daniel (Sf, Ca)
Hey Miguel I really enjoy watching you play although I am a giants fan. I really wished you played here. What is it like having such an impact ont he league in your first few seasons?
Miguel Cabrera (7:55 PM)
It was great to have the success early, but you've got to keep your feet on the ground and do it year after year.
Kelvin Providence RI
Hey miguel im a big fish fan what are some of the expectations that yoy guys have as a ball club??
Miguel Cabrera (7:55 PM)
To make the playoffs. That's our main goal.
Trent (Palm Beach, FL)
Miggy, as a die-hard Marlins fan, I first want to thank you for all you have done for the franchise. I'd love to know, though, who you feel was the biggest professional influence on you growing up and once you got to the majors. Thanks and good luck in 2007!
Miguel Cabrera (7:56 PM)
It was Ivan Rodriguez in my first year in the bigs. He really gave me good advice in those days.
Taylor: (San Francisco, CA)
Having accomplished so much at such a young age, what are your goals for the future? How can you expect to improve upon such astounding numbers in the years to come?
Miguel Cabrera (7:57 PM)
I still have a lot to learn and improve on, although I'm pleased with what I've accomplished already. But you've got to stay hungry and keep going and improving.
How do you think your team will do this year after all of the young players have played a full season? Do you think you will make the playoffs?
Miguel Cabrera (7:58 PM)
I think that we need to keep scrapping, just like we did last year. One year doesn't make a team, we've got to keep trying.
Jake, Sacramento, CA
Hey Miguel! Who was your favorite teammate during the Marlins' championship season in 2003?
Miguel Cabrera (8:00 PM)
Juan Encarnacion, Luis Castillo and Alex Gonzalez. And Urbina also, those were my buddies.
David (Gainesville, FL)
Hey Miguel, I'm a huge fan. What's the clubhouse like with Fredi Gonzalez as the new manager? Is there any resentment towards management for letting Girardi go?
Miguel Cabrera (8:02 PM)
There's no resentment. It's a new season, clean slate, and we're just thinking about that.
Buzzmaster (8:04 PM)
Thanks to Miguel for stopping by to chat tonight. And thanks to you SportsNation for staying up late with us tonight! See you tomorrow.