Miguel Cabrera fears for family’s safety in Venezuela, blasts the government for the crisis

Miguel Cabrera opened up on Tuesday about some of the serious issues that are going on in his native country of Venezuela, and the Detroit Tigers star said he fears for the safety of his family.

In a series of videos he shared on Instagram, Cabrera blasted the Venezuelan government and said he has been threatened for trying to bring about change.

"I am tired of hearing that they are going to kidnap my mother, and I don’t know whether it is a policeman or a bad guy, I don’t know who they are, " Cabrera said. "All I know is if I don’t pay, those people disappear, " he added. 

"I am only going to tell you one thing. The first advice I was given was not to get involved in politics and I never have. But right now we have to get involved, because they have kidnapped our country. " 

"It's hard right now," he said. "We are going through a harsh situation right now in Venezuela. Sending a message right now does not mean anything, because they're fighting right now. They're fighting for food. They're fighting for a better life. They're fighting for everything, for medicine. Somebody's got to step up… because people are dying in Venezuela." 

Cabrera has spoken in the past about the economic crisis in Venezuela and expressed sympathy for those who have been affected by it. He also said people have threatened to kill him if he returns to his native land. 

"I am out here fighting for my people. You might say, ‘Oh he is out here living the good life, while we are out here suffering in Venezuela.’ Like I was told by the chavistas, ‘If you come to Venezuela we will break you, we will kill you.’ 

"The only thing I will tell you is please, do not hurt my family. I am begging you." 

Cabrera offered support for those who have been part of the "resistance" in Venezuela. He said back in June that he has not been able to travel to Venezuela to organize charity events or visit his family because of all of the unrest.