Don’t Arraign on Cabrera’s Parade

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    FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Miguel Cabrera has an arraignment set for March 16 following the arrest last week of the Detroit Tigers slugger on suspicion of drunken driving.

    Gayle Braun, an assistant state attorney for St. Lucie County, says Judge Cliff Barnes will preside over Cabrera’s arraignment. The first baseman was arrested late Feb. 16 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors. Braun says she’s reviewing what formal charges she might bring.

    Cabrera was arrested about 110 miles southeast of Lakeland, where the Tigers hold spring training. He missed the start of workouts and the team hasn’t said when he will arrive.

    Braun said Tuesday there was no lawyer on record for Cabrera.

    —Please note that under our Constitution, Cabrera cannot be retained or drafted because our 3/13 draft day precedes the arraignment hearing set for 3/16. See USML Constitution, Art. 15, Sec. 4(b)(ii) (players with pending arraignments for DUI and other designated misdemeanors ineligible to be retained or drafted if plea not entered or case disposed of prior to roster freeze day or draft day, whichever is earlier). Another nice consequence of an early draft date.

    –Also, note that Daylight Savings Time takes effect Sunday, March 13. Jeffrey, set your clock ahead one hour now, please, so we know you’ll be ready by March 13.

    –I am keeping nine pitchers, whenever we draft. Did I tell you that already? Andrus (10!!) and Encarnacion (5!!!) available for right pitcher (cheap, set-up, future closer, etc)….March 13: Let’s show those Egyptians how to party!!!!

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