Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cabrera threat to win Triple Crown

By Matt Harding
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If you haven't been keeping up to date with the Detroit Tigers this season, you still may have heard about the absolute tear first baseman Miguel Cabrera has been on. With a .339 batting average, 18 home runs, and 53 RBI, Cabrera is undoubtedly a favorite to win the AL MVP.

However, can Cabrera manage to do something that hasn't been done since 1967 when Carl Yastrzemski did it? Can Miguel Cabrera actually win the Triple Crown?

For those unfamiliar with the term, a Triple Crown refers to a batter, in this case, who at season's end leads the league in home runs, runs batted in, and batting average. In the history of the National League, only five different players have done it. Rogers Hornsby won the Triple Crown twice (1922, 1925). In American League history, eight different players have achieved this daunting task. Ted Williams accomplished the feat twice, just as Hornsby did (1942, 1947). In 1887, Tip O'Neill hit well enough to become the only player in the American Association (which existed from 1882-1891) to ever win a Triple Crown.

To answer my own question, I believe there is a slight chance that Cabrera can be good enough to sweep these stats to win the Crown. His one downfall may be his batting average. Although it's a staggering .339, Robinson Cano (.376), Justin Morneau (.362), and Ichiro Suzuki (.346) all have better averages and could continue at the phenomenal paces they are currently at. Still, it will be possible for Miggy to manage to keep his batting average at a level of competitiveness which could give him the opportunity to win the title.

If Cabrera manages to win the Triple Crown, he'll be only the third first baseman to ever do so. Jimmie Foxx (1933) and Lou Gehrig (1934) were the only two to win the Triple Crown.

"So let's root, root, root for Cab-re-ra. If he doesn't get crowned it's a shame! For it's one -- two -- three categories to go for the Tri-ple Crown!"

Even if Cabby doesn't accomplish this, it will most definitely be a season to remember.