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Tigers' Cabrera wins 1st Triple Crown in 45 years
Yahoo News ^ | 10/4/12 | DAVE SKRETTA

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.
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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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While Romney was exposing Bambi for the fraud he is, another story was finishing its run in Kansas City. Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers was performing an almost impossible feat, winning the award for the tiple crown in baseball, something that has not happened since 1967. The fans were classy, filling the stadium, giving him two long standing O's along with players from both sides. It was good to see remarkable, exciting, and extraordinary events can still happen in spite of the horrendous political events of the past four years. I know it's sports, but this is one great story.
1 posted on 10/04/2012 5:34:39 AM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: Lakeshark

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! :)


2 posted on 10/04/2012 5:36:56 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Lakeshark

Congrats to Miguel


3 posted on 10/04/2012 5:37:23 AM PDT by angcat (ROMNEY/RYAN 2012 & NY YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Lakeshark
This was on the minds of most people I know in the KCMetro area. I am pleased to hear our fans demonstrated the respect this guy earned. Not that I expected anything less.
4 posted on 10/04/2012 5:39:12 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Well done Cabrera!


5 posted on 10/04/2012 5:39:49 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: Lakeshark

Even cosidering the watered down talent level of today’s major league baseball, this is quite impressive.


6 posted on 10/04/2012 5:41:31 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Lakeshark
Josh Hamilton of the Rangers cost himself an enormous amount of money in the last month, this week especially.

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.

7 posted on 10/04/2012 5:41:37 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Lakeshark

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.


8 posted on 10/04/2012 5:48:33 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: texas booster

“Josh Hamilton of the Rangers”

I think someone must be holding his family hostage and told him to sit out the last two weeks.


9 posted on 10/04/2012 5:49:16 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
I'll be honest, for me I have a hard time watching before the final games.

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!

10 posted on 10/04/2012 5:51:29 AM PDT by Lakeshark (I don't care for Mitt; the alternative is unthinkable)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Yesterday was just plain GREAT! In many ways :)


11 posted on 10/04/2012 5:59:21 AM PDT by Michigander222
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To: Lakeshark

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.


12 posted on 10/04/2012 5:59:52 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Lakeshark

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! :)


13 posted on 10/04/2012 6:04:33 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Lakeshark

Yastrzemski!!! You’re a bum!


14 posted on 10/04/2012 6:06:46 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: Just mythoughts

The KC fans were great. Very classy.


15 posted on 10/04/2012 6:11:13 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: ConservaTexan

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.

FReegards


16 posted on 10/04/2012 6:14:17 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Great to hear you're doing so well. Another good story, and Lord knows we need a lot of them.

On Wisconsin! Like you did with the recall, beat that zero fraud like a drum!

17 posted on 10/04/2012 6:14:50 AM PDT by Lakeshark (I don't care for Mitt; the alternative is unthinkable)
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To: Lakeshark

I wonder if he gave up drinking since his episodes of a year and a half ago.....


18 posted on 10/04/2012 6:17:26 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Lakeshark

We’re working on it! We’re going to make a good dent in things, at a minimum!


19 posted on 10/04/2012 6:22:01 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

His pathway to Dancing With The Stars is assured................


20 posted on 10/04/2012 6:24:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: cripplecreek; dfwgator

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


21 posted on 10/04/2012 6:27:51 AM PDT by Lakeshark (I don't care for Mitt; the alternative is unthinkable)
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To: texas booster

I think Josh is back on the Coke.


22 posted on 10/04/2012 6:28:10 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Lakeshark

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.


23 posted on 10/04/2012 6:34:46 AM PDT by pineybill
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To: Lakeshark

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.


24 posted on 10/04/2012 6:49:59 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Lakeshark

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.


25 posted on 10/04/2012 6:53:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
I generally don't do Michigan pings for sports but this was sports history so I figured it was worthy of a ping.

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26 posted on 10/04/2012 7:01:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

KC deserves a better team.


27 posted on 10/04/2012 7:03:22 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I wonder if he gave up drinking since his episodes of a year and a half ago.....

He's slimmed down considerably.
28 posted on 10/04/2012 7:13:16 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Ransomed
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.

Batters tend to specialize these days as well. I also think having Prince Fielder right behind him in the line up helped. Pitchers weren't willing to walk Cabrera only to face Fielder. Next year Victor Matinez will be back and make things that much tougher.
29 posted on 10/04/2012 7:18:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Lakeshark

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.


30 posted on 10/04/2012 7:23:13 AM PDT by ride the whirlwind
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To: cripplecreek

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.


31 posted on 10/04/2012 7:28:17 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Lakeshark

You mean, you were not watching my Red Sox /Yankees game? Come on, it is the rivalry of all times!

(Obviously Sarcastic!)


32 posted on 10/04/2012 7:30:52 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: cripplecreek

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.

Freegards


33 posted on 10/04/2012 7:34:12 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Lakeshark

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.


34 posted on 10/04/2012 7:35:06 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: dfwgator

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.


35 posted on 10/04/2012 7:41:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Recent history shows, that all that matters is to get hot at the right time. Look at the Cardinals last year.


36 posted on 10/04/2012 7:42:46 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Lakeshark
1967.

Seattle.

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.

Congratulations, Cabrera.

37 posted on 10/04/2012 7:44:13 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: OrangeHoof

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.


38 posted on 10/04/2012 7:48:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Scoutmaster
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.

I was thinking yesterday about the way baseball has tied generations of families together. My great grandparents were Tiger fans and the game was on at their house every day during the summer. Some of my earliest memories were of my dad sitting in the car listening to Ernie Harwell saying "He takes strike 3 standing there like a house by the side of the road". Today my cousins and I talk Tiger baseball on holidays.
39 posted on 10/04/2012 7:58:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Lakeshark

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!


40 posted on 10/04/2012 7:58:35 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: Red Badger

LOL! :)


41 posted on 10/04/2012 8:09:14 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Lakeshark
There were a few brushes of potential triple crowns over the last 45 years but it is nice to finally see it happen. 1967 was a bit early for my baseball memory and thus throughout that drought I was thinking the era of triple crown winners was history. A 30 game winning season for a pitcher is almost as long now since the last one was Denny McClain when he went 31-6 in 1968 for Detroit. The last .400 hitter was probably before most of here on FR can remember.


42 posted on 10/04/2012 8:45:56 AM PDT by xp38
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To: cripplecreek

My favourite line I remember from Ernie for the same thing was that the batter was guilty of excessive window shopping.


43 posted on 10/04/2012 8:51:24 AM PDT by xp38
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44 posted on 10/04/2012 9:03:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
Pitchers weren't willing to walk Cabrera only to face Fielder.

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?

45 posted on 10/04/2012 9:30:02 AM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: CommerceComet

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.


46 posted on 10/04/2012 9:51:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: New Jersey Realist
If you figure in WAR....Trout wins. But it's a crazy new stat....and Cabrera is a STUD!!!

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.

47 posted on 10/04/2012 9:59:08 AM PDT by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


48 posted on 10/04/2012 10:45:14 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: cripplecreek

The shorter series should help the Tigers, with their top-heavy rotation, plus having the first two games at home.


49 posted on 10/04/2012 10:46:44 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

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.


50 posted on 10/04/2012 11:32:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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