The Triple Crown is one of those rare things that just doesn’t happen every day, every season or even every decade for that matter. The last time that Major League Baseball has seen a Triple Crown winner was 45 years ago in 1967 when Carl Yastrzemski won it and has only been done a total of 16 times in Major League Baseball history.
In the 45 years since then there have been several players that have flirted with achieving the prestigious honor but none have been as close as Detroit Tigers’ Superstar Miguel Cabrera currently is.
At the end of play on September 24th Cabrera is hitting .331 (1st in AL, 4th in MLB), with 42 homeruns (2nd in AL and MLB) and 133 RBI (1st in AL and MLB). Not only is Cabrera closing in on winning the American League Triple Crown but he also has an outside shot to win the prestigious honor for Major League baseball as a whole, which would be simply incredible. Besides those categories Cabrera has having an all-around ridiculous season with 195 hits, 106 runs scored, 40 doubles, 64 base-on balls, a .395 on-base percentage, a .612 slugging percentage and a 1.007 OPS while striking out just 93 times in 590 at bats over the course of 152 games.
Cabrera has missed just one game this season and all of this has come in a season where he was asked to switch positions from first base to third base to accommodate the free agent acquisition of Prince Fielder during the off-season.
Miguel Cabrera is having one of the finest season’s that has ever been produced in Major League Baseball history and absolutely the best I’ve seen over the past two decades. What I truly don’t understand is how anyone placing another player in the same conversation with him for American League MVP. Sure Mike Trout is having an great season of his own, a truly extraordinary one for a rookie; but is it truly on any level equal to what Cabrera is doing?
Miguel Cabrera is not only the Most Valuable Player in the AL but also the Most Valuable Player across the entire Majors, give him both league’s honors at the end of the year; especially if he can pull off the Triple Crown feat!