Miguel Cabrera’s wife of 15 years filed for divorce just prior to the start of the 2017 baseball season, another off-field distraction the Tigers’ superstar slugger was facing as he struggled through the worst year of his professional career.
Rosangel Cabrera filed the dissolution-of-marriage paperwork March 17, saying the relationship is “irretrievably broken,” and Cabrera agreed in his response dated April 18. This is according to court documents obtained by The Detroit News from the Miami-Dade County Civil, Family and Probate Courts system. These are the standard reasons to file a divorce in the State of California and in Orange County California. Often people think that there needs to be a defense when filing a response to divorce but there does not.
It wasn’t immediately clear where the proceedings stand, though a final hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday before Judge Abby Cynamon in Miami. An attorney for Rosangel Cabrera declined comment. Cabrera is listed as not having an attorney of record, after his attorney filed to withdraw from the case earlier this month. A message left with his previous attorney has not been returned.
In her initial petition, Rosangel Cabrera seeks child support, alimony and equitable distribution of assets, as well as “a mutually acceptable time-sharing schedule” with the children. The Cabreras have three young children, ages 12, 7 and 6.
Cabrera’s legal team in that case has argued Rodriguez, 35, is not entitled to the money that Florida statute seems to suggest — potentially more than $100,000 a month — just because he’s had the good fortune to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in his career, with $184 million still owed to him by the Tigers through the 2023 season.
All this courtroom drama has been playing out as Cabrera endured the worst season of a career that should one day land him in Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Cabrera suffered a back injury during spring training, and was never fully healthy during the 2017 season. Cabrera batted just .249 with 16 home runs and 60 RBIs in 130 games. His career averages for a full season during his 15-year career are a .323 batting average, 33 home runs and 115 RBIs.
During the season, Cabrera acknowledged the back was a big reason behind his miserable season — offseason surgery on two herniated disks is possible, but possibly unnecessary — and he also suggested his mind often was on the strife in his home country of Venezuela, where he has said he fears for the safety of family members.