With two days remaining in the season, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is on his way to becoming the first Triple Crown winner in Major League Baseball since 1967. Many have him pegged as a guaranteed MVP should he deliver on his historic pursuit. I’ve even seen the discussion arise as to whether Cabrera is the best hitter of the last decade.
But the last decade and even this season are only the beginning for Cabrera. What we should be talking about is his very bright future.
Cabrera is only 29 years old, a mind-boggling fact considering how good he has been and for how long. Compile all of that with his current chase for the Triple Crown, and your head might explode. Miggy is only now entering his prime.
Let this sink in: Miguel Cabrera is only now entering his prime, and he is competing for a Triple Crown.
Yesterday, a friend of mine breached the possibility of Cabrera winning a second Triple Crown, perhaps even two in a row. I scoffed at the notion, but the more I think about where Cabrera is in his career and what he has already accomplished, the more I realize this isn’t entirely impossible.
He is only going to get better with each passing year until he starts to hit his decline, which seems eons away. As my colleagues and many more have reported, Cabrera has set personal bests in several categories this season. The Detroit third baseman is still improving with a whole lot left in the tank.
It boggles the mind to think about where Cabrera could be at this time next season, and the next, and so on. Though, I suppose, it should suffice to enjoy a potential accomplishment we haven’t seen in over 50 years and get on with things once it’s over.
Here’s to baseball. Here’s to history. And here’s to the future.