DETROIT -- If the Tigers win the World Series, it will go down as one of the most significant text messages in baseball history.
Prince Fielder was sitting on the dais at Comerica Park, talking about his new 214 million contract at a press conference, when his cell phone went bloop.
The sender: Miguel Cabrera.
The message: Welcome.
It might sound corny, but it means a lot, Fielder said Thursday. When the batting champion is willing to change positions so you can be part of this, it feels good. He just said, Im happy youre here. Ill be honest: As soon as I saw that, I felt comfortable.
In Fielder, Cabrera and Justin Verlander, the Tigers have three potential Hall of Famers who are not yet 30 years old. They belong on any list of the top 10 players in baseball. Few franchises based outside the Bronx have been able to make such a statement in recent years.
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