03/15/10 7:50 PM EST
Cabrera brings vocal leadership to Reds
Shortstop not afraid to let younger players in on secrets
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Cincinnati Reds
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- Reds planning final roster cuts Saturday
- Reds release catcher Olivo
Sights & Sounds
Spring Training Info
"One thing that I see in here is guys come here and they show up to the park to play," Cabrera said. "I think the difference is you need to show up to compete and you show up to win the ballgame. You really shouldn't care about average, how many hits or how many home runs you get. If you get the 'W,' everybody did something that day which will show up."We have a lot of talent here. I think a lot of the guys -- Scotty, Arthur [Rhodes] and me can show them what really matters is winning. If you don't win, you're wasting your time. You will get paid because they'll pay you for the numbers. Once you get that winning attitude, I promise you that paycheck will grow more." Expected to be the Reds lineup's No. 2 presence, Cabrera is a .275 career hitter with 114 home runs, 761 RBIs and a .322 on-base percentage. Last season combined with Oakland and Minnesota, he batted .284 with nine home runs, 77 RBIs, 13 steals and a .313 OBP. Cabrera, the brother of former Reds player Jolbert Cabrera, isn't one to take days off. He's played at least 160 games in a season five times and 150 games eight times. On Monday vs. the A's, Cabrera was 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored. He's batting .316 (6-for-19) in eight spring games. Many have viewed the Reds as a potential sleeper pick to make waves in the National League Central race. Cabrera believed there is enough talent in the room and groundwork made to back up that feeling. "I like to focus on the process. I think these guys have already been through that process for the last four years," Cabrera said. "Right now, we have to focus on the result. I think guys are prepared to do that. They want to win. They want to see what the postseason is all about."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.