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Miguel Cabrera: Triple Crown, First in 45 Years. A Nation Collectively Yawns.

Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams … and now, Miguel Cabrera. The Detroit Tigers 3B finished the season with a .330 batting average, 44 homers, 139 RBI, leading the American League in each category to capture the Triple Crown. It’s the first time anyone has done that in baseball since 1967.

Impressive feat, right? Except nobody outside of Detroit seems to care. Is it because Cabrera isn’t universally loved by the media? Is it because of the sport’s shift away from traditional stats and to Sabermetrics?

Five years ago, would Cabrera’s Triple Crown have received significantly more publicity? Is everyone still skeptical about cheating baseball players one year after the NL MVP, Ryan Braun, tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs, and one month after the leading hitter in the NL was busted for PEDs, too?

Or maybe Mike Trout had that good of a season that it overshadowed the Triple Crown? I only have questions on this one. I have no answers.

Previously: Miguel Cabrera Vs. Mike Trout for AL MVP: What Does History Say?
Previously: Justin Verlander: It Would Be a Joke if Miguel Cabrera Didn’t Win the AL MVP. And the Sabermetric Crowd Groans

 

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