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?
Is it just me or is Cabrera’s triple crown chase the most underplayed sports story in eons? You’d think it would be wall to wall by now.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) October 3, 2012
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.