Last season, Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera accomplished one of the greatest and most impressive feats in the sport: winning the Triple Crown, the absolute holy grail of all individual baseball achievements.
But here is the incredible and almost unimaginable thing: Cabrera’s 2012 Triple Crown-winning season doesn’t hold a candle to what he has done so far in 2013.
His stats are so much better this year that people have been talking about him doing what no player, not even Ted Williams or Roger Horsnby, the only two players in history to win two Triple Crowns in their careers, has done — win his second consecutive Triple Crown.
Why is it is unheard of? Because it is that hard to combine power with average and to put it together for one season, let alone back-to-back. But not Cabrera. He just continues to cement his place as one of the best pure hitters to play the game.
2012 Pre-All Star Break: 18 HR, 71 RBI, .324 AVG
2013 Pre- All Star Break: 30 HR, 95 RBI, .365 AVG
Simply incredible. These are the kind of stats that make people pay attention. Look at the average at .365. It is going to be nearly impossible for Cabrera to finish the season hitting under .300 because of how well he has been hitting at the plate.
Even if Cabrera doesn’t win the Triple Crown, he is averaging over one RBI per game. That is just ridiculous. It is still a far cry from the record of 191 RBIs in a single-season set by Hack Wilson in 1930, but if anybody can best that mark, it would be Cabrera.
Despite Cabrera having a season for the history books however, he does not lead in all three Triple Crown categories.
Cabrera’s 30 home runs, while entirely impressive, is a whopping seven less than MLB‘s home run leader, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis. With 37 HRs, Davis could be chasing his own history as the mark is just 24 less than Roger Maris‘ 61, the one that most honor as the true single-season HR record.
Davis’ incredible season doesn’t end there. In fact, while his average is much lower than Cabrera at just .315, Davis has more home runs and only two fewer RBIs. Making up .50 average points won’t be easy, but if Davis can get close and Cabrera cools off just a little, then this season will also see something that hasn’t been seen in a while.
Instead of watching just one player chase history and the record books, the 2013 season could remarkably see a race between two guys. For true fans of the game, this is undoubtedly going to be something worth watching.