Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera not upset with IBB on 2,999 hits

Miguel Cabrera would have liked another opportunity to take a swing.

But he isn’t mad.

Not like Detroit Tigers fans were in the eighth inning Thursday, when New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone made what he called a “gut-wrenching” decision by intentionally walking Cabrera – sitting on 2,999 career hits – in his final plate appearance of the game.

Yankees suck!The 21,529 fans at Comerica Park chanted.

“It came down to a baseball call for me there,” Boone said. “Tough decision. … Tough call, but one I had to make. Certainly understand (the crowd’s reaction). You don’t necessarily like being in that position, but that’s part of it.

“Look, it’s a baseball call all the way. There’s no doubt that there’s a little more feeling to it, understanding the situation. But in the end, you got to go with what you think is right within the context of the game.”

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Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera is intentionally walked by the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Comerica Park on Thursday, April 21, 2022.

The eighth inning began with the Tigers’ first three batters reaching safely: Victor Reyes (double), Robbie Grossman (single) and Jonathan Schoop (walk). Boone called for a pitching change, bringing in left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge with the bases loaded.

Jeimer Candelario grounded into a double play, leaving runners on second and third base with two outs. With first base open, Boone intentionally walked Cabrera, a right-handed hitter, so Luetge could face Austin Meadows, a left-handed hitter.

“This is baseball,” Cabrera said. “There was a lefty behind me, so they preferred to walk me intentionally. That’s part of the game. I got three chances to get a hit, and I went 0-for-3. But we got a chance to win. That’s beautiful. . “

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