It seemed within reach all season long, but tonight Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera officially won the Triple Crown; the first to do so since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Miggy finished with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs.
Sadly, according to many, he’s still behind the Angels’ Mike Trout in the MVP race. Not only did Cabrera win the Triple Crown, but he did it for a division winning team as well. Now, don’t get me wrong: what Mike Trout has done this season has been nothing short of incredible. But if he were 31 years old, rather than a 21-year old rookie, it wouldn’t be as big a deal. He has earned points because he’s so young, and as a result, that hurts Miggy’s MVP case.
This is largely why Cabrera’s accomplishment isn’t getting the attention it deserves, despite being arguably the most impressive achievement in sports.