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Miguel Cabrera My Family's In Grave Danger In Venezuela

7/11/2017 1:58 PM PDT

Miguel Cabrera: My Family's In Grave Danger In Venezuela

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MLB superstar Miguel Cabrera says his family has been targeted in Venezuela -- and he's been forced to pay protection bribes to keep them safe. 

It's unclear exactly why Cabrera believes his family is in danger -- possibly because he's worth a fortune. Cabrera signed a $248 MILLION contract extension in 2014. 

In a series of videos posted to social media, Cabrera says Venezuela can be a very dangerous place if you cross the wrong people ... and he's frustrated. 

Cabrera says he's a proud Venezuelan -- but the constant fear that someone will kidnap a family member is weighing on him. He admits to paying "vacunas" -- or protection money -- but doesn't say how much he's paid or to whom the money has gone. 

Cabrera says he's suspicious of everyone from police officers to street thugs -- and doesn't know where the real danger lurks. 

Cabrera does seem to voice support for the opposition to the current government -- but you can tell he's being careful with his words to not piss anyone off too much. 

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