Detroit Tiger first baseman Miguel Cabrera has pleaded no contest to a drunken driving charge in Florida. The incident occurred last February near Ft. Pierce, Florida when the Tiger slugger was arrested after refusing a field sobriety test. Cabrera accepted a deal that spares him jail time. Charges of resisting an officer without violence and having an open container in a vehicle were dropped.
Cabrera's attorney, Michael Kessler, says that the player had been planning to fight the DUI charge. Doing so would have taken the court proceedings into baseball season, and Cabrera wanted to put the issue behind him. Cabrera received one year of probation, but will be eligible for early termination after six months. He must also pay more than $1,400 in fines.
Spring training for Cabrera his Tiger teammates (and the rest of Major League Baseball) begins in a little over a month. Let's hope Cabrera will be able to continue to deal with his problem and can have another productive year for the Tigers.