.330 batting average. 44 home runs. 139 RBIs.
Baseball’s elusive proverbial Triple Crown has been collecting dust since 1967. Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski last won the Triple Crown 45 years ago when he lead the American League with a .326 batting average, 44 home runs and 121 RBIs. Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera will forever sport the crown as he concluded his regular season Wednesday night leading the American League in each of the three categories.
The hitting Triple Crown has now been accomplished a whopping 16 times since 1878, when your grandparents’ grandparents were alive. 1878! Cabrera used a white hot final three months of the regular season to put the clamps on the accomplishment.
In July, Cabrera hit .344 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs.
In August, he hit .357 with eight jacks and 24 RBIs.
In September and two and a half games in October, he tallied a .333 batting average with 11 bombs and 30 RBIs.
He put up the numbers all the while re-adjusting to third base after playing first base the last four years. Regardless of whether Cabrera wins the American League Most Valuable Player award (many are choosing the Angels’ Mike Trout), it’s been a tremendous regular season – the best one of my lifetime. And really, doesn’t an achievement that comes around once in the last 45 years mean something more than something (the MVP award) that is handed out annually?
I think so.