Fans will know for sure by early Wednesday evening if the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera has won the Triple Crown.
But right now, it looks like Cabrera has it.
Hamilton ends his season with a day game, as the Rangers play the Athletics at 3:35 PM Eastern time. Cabrera and the Tigers won’t play for almost another five hours.
Cabrera has a safe lead in batting average and RBIs. With the Rangers and Athletics tied for the AL West lead, Hamilton will play. If he doesn’t hit two homers, Cabrera will have his Triple Crown. One homer would leave them tied at 44 and, per the rules, give Miggy the award.
Cabrera has been playing on a sore ankle for much of the second half of this season, and could use a day off.
I’d still give him one at bat, or let him play as many innings as he wants, and give Royals fans a chance to see the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years on the day he won it. That’s a memory they’ll take away from Kauffman Stadium and keep forever. A good for baseball moment, and that’s what baseball can always use.