By RICKY LINDSAY, Staff Writer
For a hitter, winning baseball’s Triple Crown is a historical accomplishment that rarely occurs in today’s game. Last week, on Wednesday, Tigers’ slugger Miguel Cabrera joined an elite club as he won the American League’s Triple Crown.
Cabrera made history during his 2012 season, hitting .330, 44 home runs, and 139 RBI en route to winning the first Triple Crown since 1967, when Red Sox’s legend Carl Yastrezemski did so. Cabrera also joined Ty Cobb as the only players to hit for the Triple Crown in Detroit Tigers’ franchise history.
Cabrera became the twelfth player in baseball’s modern era, which began in 1901, to win the Triple Crown. It is notable that those other eleven players are all enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
After avoiding it during the stretch run, Cabrera went to Twitter after the game to thank fans for the support of his accomplishment.
He promptly received congratulatory responses from several well known athletes, including LeBron James and Barry Sanders.
Detroit fans have loved the Triple Crown attention placed on Cabrera and the city. There were many fans in attendance during the Tigers’ two home ALDS games wearing plastic crowns in honor of the historic achievement.
For Cabrera, the Triple Crown is icing on the cake of a very young career. The third baseman turned 29 earlier in the season, and already has several, Hall of Fame worthy accomplishments on his resume.
He’s won the Silver Slugger Award three times, two batting titles, two RBI titles, two home run titles, and has been selected to seven All Star Games. This fall, Cabrera will look to win two more awards; his first MVP title, and his second World Series championship.