Miguel Cabrera wins the Triple Crown

Congrats to Miguel Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner since 1967

10/3/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

October 03, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers third basemen Miguel Cabrera (24) during batting practice before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIREIt's a rare feat, but Miguel Cabrera has joined an extremely exclusive club, becoming only the 14th hitter in MLB history to win the Triple Crown.

The last player to do it was Carl Yastrzemski  in 1967. The last time a Tigers player did it was Ty Cobb, back in 1909.

Cabrera was pulled from tonight's game in the 4th inning, finishing his season with a .330 average, 44 HR, and 139 RBI. 

Cabrera joins a list that includes all-time greats like Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby and more.

Congratulations to Miguel Cabrera, for an all-time great season.

But... is it better than Mike Trout's season? We'll see what the Baseball Writer's Association of America thinks, when the MVP voting is released.
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10/5/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

kramer wrote:
Clearly neither of you seem to understand how the votes actually happen.  What I'm trying to get through to you is had Cabrera NOT won the triple crown, Trout would get a heck of a lot more votes.  They are the popular stats, and they're the stats that the voters will look at.  Does it HAVE to happen that way?  No, but will it? Yes.  What hurts Trout the most is the same thing that ultimately hurt Matt Kemp in the end last year, his team missed the playoffs.  Of course, what do I know?  I'm a Steelers fan, so to Pat I'm automatically a fool before I ever say anything.no

You're right. I've never followed an MVP race, so I have no idea how anything works.

I believe some voters will consider the fact that the Angels missed the playoffs... but then the intelligent ones will recognize that the Angels had a better record than the Tigers, and that they were under .500 without Trout, and might not share your knee-jerk reaction.

Believe it or not, the voters spend a little bit of time analyzing things before they cast their ballot. Not all, but most of them, at least.

Also, these are your words: "when you win the triple crown, there should be nobody else who even sniffs and (sic) MVP vote."

What I'm saying is that Trout will get quite a few votes. Probably not enough to win, but it won't be unanimous, or really even that close to it.

10/4/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Clearly neither of you seem to understand how the votes actually happen.  What I'm trying to get through to you is had Cabrera NOT won the triple crown, Trout would get a heck of a lot more votes.  They are the popular stats, and they're the stats that the voters will look at.  Does it HAVE to happen that way?  No, but will it? Yes.  What hurts Trout the most is the same thing that ultimately hurt Matt Kemp in the end last year, his team missed the playoffs.  Of course, what do I know?  I'm a Steelers fan, so to Pat I'm automatically a fool before I ever say anything.no

10/4/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

kramer wrote:
Yes, 13 other guys have done it, but none have won the batting triple crown in 45 years.  The sport has gotten more competitive, and for someone in today's game to lead the league in 3 categories is a huge accomplishment.  I'm sure Trout WILL get a few votes, but that doesn't change my personal perspective that Cabrera should win it unanimously.  His triple crown chase the last 2 weeks were a huge reason why the Tigers won the division.  I don't discredit the season Trout had, it was unbelievable, but it's not going to get him the MVP.  If Cabrera had missed the triple crown, Trout would've had a much better case for MVP.

And again... if you arbitrarily take a few of Trout's stats, you can say that he has done things that NO ONE has ever done. Fortunately for Cabrera, AVG/HR/RBI is what people decided were "triple crown" stats a long time ago. If they had valued other stats more, it might be different. Those stats aren't necessarily the best indicator of a great hitter. They're just the popular stats.

10/4/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

kramer wrote:
Yes, 13 other guys have done it, but none have won the batting triple crown in 45 years.  The sport has gotten more competitive, and for someone in today's game to lead the league in 3 categories is a huge accomplishment.  I'm sure Trout WILL get a few votes, but that doesn't change my personal perspective that Cabrera should win it unanimously.  His triple crown chase the last 2 weeks were a huge reason why the Tigers won the division.  I don't discredit the season Trout had, it was unbelievable, but it's not going to get him the MVP.  If Cabrera had missed the triple crown, Trout would've had a much better case for MVP.

Actually, if you look at the stretch where the Tigers were really hot, Cabrera didn't actually hit all that well in those games. And like Gearhead said, it's incredibly arbitrary, since a couple more HR by Granderson or Hamilton would suddenly make Trout a better candidate in your eyes. That's just foolish.

10/4/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

kramer wrote:
Yes, 13 other guys have done it, but none have won the batting triple crown in 45 years.  The sport has gotten more competitive, and for someone in today's game to lead the league in 3 categories is a huge accomplishment.  I'm sure Trout WILL get a few votes, but that doesn't change my personal perspective that Cabrera should win it unanimously.  His triple crown chase the last 2 weeks were a huge reason why the Tigers won the division.  I don't discredit the season Trout had, it was unbelievable, but it's not going to get him the MVP.  If Cabrera had missed the triple crown, Trout would've had a much better case for MVP.

So if Josh Hamilton or Curtis Granderson had hit two more home runs this season, Trout has a chance? That's ridiculously arbitrary.

Also, not every Triple Crown winner has won MVP, so no, it does not automatically have to happen.

10/4/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Pat wrote:
Not entirely sure I agree about no one else sniffing a vote. I'm not trying to diminish Cabrera's accomplishment by any means, but Trout's season is equally historic. 13 other guys have done what Cabrera did. How many guys have filled up ALL categories on the stat sheet the way that Trout has done, especially considering he didn't even play a full season? Throw in his gold glove caliber defense, and I think he deserves at LEAST a sniff at a few votes, does he not?

Yes, 13 other guys have done it, but none have won the batting triple crown in 45 years.  The sport has gotten more competitive, and for someone in today's game to lead the league in 3 categories is a huge accomplishment.  I'm sure Trout WILL get a few votes, but that doesn't change my personal perspective that Cabrera should win it unanimously.  His triple crown chase the last 2 weeks were a huge reason why the Tigers won the division.  I don't discredit the season Trout had, it was unbelievable, but it's not going to get him the MVP.  If Cabrera had missed the triple crown, Trout would've had a much better case for MVP.

10/4/12   |   johnsondavid841   |   6 respect

Congratulations, this is a big news for the baseball community.

10/4/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

kramer wrote:
Mike Trout will win ROTY going away, but when you win the triple crown, there should be nobody else who even sniffs and MVP vote.  Congrats to Cabrera on something that in this day and age (Pat, at least for our age group) we may never see again in our lifetime.

Not entirely sure I agree about no one else sniffing a vote. I'm not trying to diminish Cabrera's accomplishment by any means, but Trout's season is equally historic. 13 other guys have done what Cabrera did. How many guys have filled up ALL categories on the stat sheet the way that Trout has done, especially considering he didn't even play a full season? Throw in his gold glove caliber defense, and I think he deserves at LEAST a sniff at a few votes, does he not?

10/4/12   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Incredible season from one of the best hitters of our era.  God am I happy that the Marlins wanted Cameron Maybin.  Go Tigers!

10/3/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Mike Trout will win ROTY going away, but when you win the triple crown, there should be nobody else who even sniffs and MVP vote.  Congrats to Cabrera on something that in this day and age (Pat, at least for our age group) we may never see again in our lifetime.