Skip to comments.Tigers' Cabrera wins 1st Triple Crown in 45 years
Posted on 10/04/2012 5:34:32 AM PDT by Lakeshark
Cabrera became just the 15th player to win baseball's Triple Crown, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig. Cabrera topped the American League with a .330 batting average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs, becoming the first Triple Crown winner in the major leagues since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
While the Triple Crown has been decided, the MVP has not. Selected members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America vote for that award, with the winner announced in November.
On one hand, Cabrera has dominated the statistical categories favored by traditionalists, the ones that count toward the Triple Crown. On the other hand, Trout is being championed by new-school baseball thought, number crunchers who rely on obscure stats such as WAR (Wins Above Replacement), derived from several other measures designed to judge a player's overall contribution to a team.
''He's the best hitter in the game,'' Trout said of Cabrera. ''I think his approach, the way he battles with two strikes - you leave one pitch over the plate that at-bat and he's going to hit it. He had an unbelievable year.''
Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline said it would be ''a shame'' if Cabrera didn't win the league's most coveted award. Royals manager Ned Yost offered a similar sentiment.
''I think they're both fantastic players, tremendous players, both of them,'' Yost said, ''but if Cabrera wins the Triple Crown, he has to be the MVP, absolutely.''
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Baseball hasn’t been my ‘thing’ since the 80’s, but you’re right - this IS a touch of sweetness in an otherwise sour time in our History. Good on him! :)
Congrats to Miguel
Well done Cabrera!
Even cosidering the watered down talent level of today’s major league baseball, this is quite impressive.
Yes, the Rangers gave up 19 run to the A's, but Josh was just an average hitter in a crowd of aging, average hitters.
Even in August he had a 10 HR lead over most everyone.
The good news for Rangers fans, is that they do not have the bloated contracts for aging players that the Angels and the Dodgers have.
At least, not yet.
Awesome achievement, and he did pulled it off in the middle of a great pennant race, putting the team on his back. Too bad this was lost in all the excitement of the debate beat down of Obama, because it is a great moment in sports.
“Josh Hamilton of the Rangers”
I think someone must be holding his family hostage and told him to sit out the last two weeks.
Our kids turned me on to the extraordinary feat this was, and I've been watching for about two weeks as this unfolded.
Hey, it's good to see you posting again!
Yesterday was just plain GREAT! In many ways :)
Pretty impressive as no one has done it since Yaz in 1967. Cabrera is a shoe-in for the MVP. Good luck to the Tigers in the playoffs.
Good to see you, too! I have a new job that keeps me hoppin’, been CONSUMED with remodeling my farm house and I have a new beau (well, almost 2 years now) who takes up ANY spare minute I have these days. I will make a greater effort to visit more - after the kitchen is painted; 3/4 done!
Life. Is. Good. And after last night’s FAIL, it’s gonna get even BETTER come November! :)
Yastrzemski!!! You’re a bum!
The KC fans were great. Very classy.
How many different pitchers did Cabrera see? Seems like it would be harder to do with today’s relief pitching, not to mention interleague play.
I think it is an awesome accomplishment, congrats to him and Detroit fans.
On Wisconsin! Like you did with the recall, beat that zero fraud like a drum!
I wonder if he gave up drinking since his episodes of a year and a half ago.....
We’re working on it! We’re going to make a good dent in things, at a minimum!
His pathway to Dancing With The Stars is assured................
He did it! The Detroit News article was better, but can’t be posted here: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121004/OPINION03/210040405/Triple-Crown-perfect-fit-Miguel-Cabrera?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports
I think Josh is back on the Coke.
Congratulations Miquel on an incredible achievement I was not sure I would see again in my lifetime.
And thanks to you, I won my money roto league- and thanks to the two guys who drafted in front of my third pick and took Pujols and Bautista.
My vote would be for Mike Trout - a local from Millville, NJ - and one to be watched very closely in the future because he is that good and will only get better; but Cabrera must get the nod for MVP, I have to admit.
Trout’s time will come, mark my words.
The Royals and their fans showed a great deal of class last night with a standing O for Miggy when he came up to bat and again when he officially won the crown.
KC deserves a better team.
What a great way for the regular season to end for us
Tiger fans! Way to go Miguel!
And I agree, KC fans and players were classy in their acknowledgement last night.
I like the Tigers’ chances against the A’s....I think the A’s will be “We’re Happy Just to Be Here”, while the Tigers will be on a mission.
You mean, you were not watching my Red Sox /Yankees game? Come on, it is the rivalry of all times!
Right, there are specialist hitters as well, beating all of those types at the same time is amazing. But I think the big one is all the different pitching, I bet he didn’t see the same guy four time too often at all. Plus, he plays half the games in a giant cavern. Just amazing.
I actually think it helped Cabrera that there were so many strike outs this year, I think if less hitters protect with two strikes it’s easier for the real cream to rise to the top.
It’s been so long since there was a Triple Crown winner (and, frankly, all the SABRheads have so trashed batting average for OPS) that I don’t think many baseball fans understand the significance of what Cabrera did.
Plus, it wasn’t done by a Yankee, Met or Red Sox, so the Northeast media doesn’t really care.
The Tigers have battled through a tough season well below their expectations. At one point they went 45 games without winning two in a row.
Recent history shows, that all that matters is to get hot at the right time. Look at the Cardinals last year.
I was one of three boys in a baseball-crazy family, all with summer birthdays. A case of Topps cost $3 and you knew what you were getting from the other two brothers for your birthday - they'd go in together on a case and you'd have that wonderful two hours of opening packs, sorting and trading cards, and chewing terrible gum.
The sports announcer on KOL radio ("Colorful KOL - Thirteen Double O!") mangled Yastrzemski's name on the radio that summer and called him something like "Yazzleputski."
In our family, Yazzleputski won the last Triple Crown, and it will always be Yazzleputski.
Cabrera did it in grand fashion even compared to Carl Yastrzemski. Yaz tied Harmon Killebrew with 44 home runs but Yaz “only” had a .326 batting average and 121 runs batted in.
If anyone other than Cabrera wins the MVP it will be a travesty of epic proportions. I don’t care about WAR or any other sabremetric mumbo-jumbo.
Miguel Cabrera just did something that is on par with 30 wins or batting .400.
There are just some things that if they are accomplished they should automatically garauntee the award. Winning the TRIPLE CROWN is definately in that category. PERIOD!
My favourite line I remember from Ernie for the same thing was that the batter was guilty of excessive window shopping.
No question that helped Cabrera. In the season that Roger Maris set the single-season HR record, how many times was he intentionally walked? Zero. Why? Because Mickey Mantle was hitting right behind him. Who would you rather pitch to: Roger Maris or Mickey Mantle with a man on base?
The Tigers have a pretty spectacular arsenal despite a less than stellar season. The bats are an obvious danger, Verlander (239 K) and Scherzer (231 K) lead in strike outs, Quintin Berry hasn’t been caught stealing yet, guys like Peralta, Laird, and Avila are proven producers.
Trout will win the Rookie Award...and just miss out on the MVP. Fair enough...I guess. Hard to argue against a 3 Crowner!!!
I'm an Angel fan....grew up down the street from the stadium. Trout is a great, great young player.
Definitely ping worthy, thanks.
I’d like to remind everyone that Verlander won the TC for pitchers last year! I have to wonder if any team has had 2 TC winners in back to back years...google is not helping me satisfy that curiosity.
The shorter series should help the Tigers, with their top-heavy rotation, plus having the first two games at home.
Verlander has already been named starting pitcher in game 1. I wish it wasn’t going to be so cold with highs in the low 50s at game time.
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