Miguel Cabrera has stunned his Detroit Tigers teammates by refusing any playoff bonus money and claims he just wants a World Series ring.
Instead, the 31-year-old is hunting a second World Series title after winning his first in 2003 with former club Florida Marlins (now Miami) in his rookie season.
USAToday.com reported Cabrera refused to sign the documents referring to his share of the postseason playoff money. As a result his share will be split between the rest of his team and more money will go to club officials and the unsung heroes of the Tigers, such as locker room attendants and physiotherapists.
It is not known whether Cabrera refused the postseason bonus in the past but the baseball world has seen it as a generous gift.
The gesture has also shown how hellbent the Venezuelan is about winning the World Series with the Tigers after they gained the reputation in MLB as the nearly men.
In the past three years they have made the American League Championship Series, winning once in 2012, but have never been crowned World Series champions. Detroit’s last World Series title came way back in 1984 with a 4-1 triumph over San Diego Padres.
This 'so close yet so far' result is clearly not sitting well with Cabrera who is more determined than ever to grab a second World Series ring.
The 31-year-old has rotated to first baseman this season after playing as the Tigers third baseman in ’12 and ’13. He has 109 RBIs and 25 homers this season with figures of .313/.371/.524.
The batter has also collected a long list of individual achievements including nine All-Star appearances, a AL triple crown in 2012, five Silver slugger awards and consecutive Best MLB Player ESPY awards in ’13 and ’14.
As a result of his success the 31-year-old has been rewarded with a megabucks contract.
Cabrera is the highest-earning player in baseball history after signing a 8-year contract extension in March 2014 worth $248 million. The batter still had $44 million on his previous Tigers contract, so the combined contract totalled at a 10-year deal worth $292 million, which broke the previous record of $275 million for Alex Rodriguez by the New York Yankees in 2007.
So the generous gift by Cabrera will not see him out of pocket as the Tigers take on the Baltimore Orioles in their American League Divisional Title which starts tonight.