There's something to be said about guys who push their body when they're hurt for the team to win and then pay the toll on the back end," he said. "I'm not saying that's what's happened with him exactly, but I think he grinded it out during those years. I think a lot of those little aches, those injuries that he had kind of caught up."
Martinez watched Cabrera play with a broken foot for the final month of the 2014 season as the Tigers were winning their fourth straight Central Division title.
"When I was here, I was always scared," Martinez said. "I couldn't ever take a day off. Miggy's going out there with a broken foot. How am I supposed to take a day off? Are you kidding me? I remember when we were in Minnesota and Nick (Castellanos) fouled a ball off his foot and the next day he didn't play.
"Miggy was pissed. And Nick's like, 'I don't get it.' I'm like, 'The guy's out there playing with a broken foot, bro. He's got freaking bone spurs everywhere. You foul a ball off your foot and you can't play? It better be broken.'"
This is another reason I have no time for people that bad mouth Miggy and claim falsely that his contract is a bad one. Not a selfish bone in his body. Worth every nickel the Tigers have paid him and more.