Miguel Cabrera has won the 2012 American League Triple Crown.
The Texas Rangers‘ Josh Hamilton needed two home runs on the season’s last day to pass Cabrera and win outright the AL home run title. He went homerless in this afternoon’s game against the Oakland Athletics, and finishes with 43 to Cabrera’s 44.
The New York Yankees‘ Curtis Granderson made a bid to catch his former teammate, hitting two out to finish in a tie for second with Hamilton.
Mike Trout needed a 4 for 4 game to finish fractions of a point ahead of Cabrera for the batting title even if Miggy went 0 for 6 tonight in Kansas City.
Cabrera led Hamilton in RBIs, 139 to 128, and neither player drove in a run today.
Ty Cobb is the only other Detroit Tiger to win the Triple Crown, with nine homers in the dead ball era 1909 season.
In the American League Division Series, the Tigers will play the Athletics, who made some history of their own today by beating the Rangers to clinch the AL West title.
If the Tigers don’t navigate the playoff maze and make it to the big October dance, Cabrera’s batting feat still makes the 2012 season one of the the most memorable in team history.
When Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland replaced Cabrera with Ramon Santiago in the bottom of the fourth, Royals fans demanded a curtain call from the enemy slugger. He came out of the dugout, waved to the Kauffman Stadium gathering, and gave them a thumbs-up.
He is, after all, just a big teddy bear.