This isn't the first time reliever Octavio Dotel has been critical of the Tigers' clubhouse atmosphere. But this time he singled out Miguel Cabrera.

"You have to step up and say something," Dotel told Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports this week. "Miggy's more about his game. I don't see him as a leader. …Everybody has their eyes on Miggy Cabrera."

It could be argued that Cabrera does a lot of leading with his bat, what with that Triple Crown thing and all.

In September, as the Tigers were battling the Chicago White Sox for the Central Division title, Dotel said the Tigers needed more fire. He said it was a critical element in the success of his 2011 team, the World Series champion Cardinals.

This is what he said in September: "One thing that I loved about my team last year was that everybody was very, very pumped. Everyone was very excited, even when we were down. Everybody believed — and the dream came true."

When asked if he saw the same attitude on the Tigers, Dotel said, "We believe we have the players and talent, but I think we should be more pumped up. I haven't seen that yet.

"Maybe I'm wrong. But it's what I see. Like I said, we believe, but I need to see one more little thing. I hope I see that in the next 10 days. There's time."

Dotel was correct about his reference to time. He made his comments on Sept. 24, when the Tigers trailed the White Sox by one game. The Tigers then won eight of their final 10 games and claimed the AL Central title by three games over Chicago.

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