Detroit — The Tigers aren’t exactly clicking on all cylinders these days.
So perhaps it’s a bit fitting that on Friday night, they gave away a Miguel Cabrera bobblehead that featured a pretty obvious mistake.
The bobblehead shows Cabrera holding a pair of Most Valuable Player plaques — but the plaques call him the National League MVP, not American League. Cabrera was the AL MVP in 2012 and 2013.
The bobblehead was given away to the first 10,000 fans through the Comerica park gates Friday night, and now they have quite the collector’s item.
The Tigers had no comment on the mess-up, though it’s not unheard of. Heck, recently, the Rockies gave away replica Troy Tulowitzki jerseys that actually misspelled the last name of the face of the franchise.
The bobblehead manufacturer released the following statement, through the Tigers: “Forever Collectibles takes full responsibility for this error and we apologize to the fans. We are certainly disappointed this happened.”
That said, the creation of bobbleheads features a rather rigorous process, which includes multiple meetings with the team plus the player, himself. There are mockups, then a mold, that must be approved by the team (Tigers, in this case) and the player (Cabrera) before the entire stock is produced overseas.
Two years ago, while looking at his mockups, Prince Fielder noticed his hands were reversed, so that was fixed before production.
Of course, this year on the Rangers’ Prince Fielder bobblehead, Arlington was misspelled.