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Cabrera Wins Triple Crown, Detroit Tigers Face A’s in First Round of Playoffs

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For the first time since 1967, a Major League Baseball player has won the Triple Crown of batting, most home runs, highest batting average and most runs batted in.  That player would be Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers.

I am old enough to remember Carl Yastrzemski doing it for the Boston Red Sox 45 years ago.   Cabrera wouldn’t even be born until 16 years after Yaz achieved the feat.  All of the players that have won the Triple Crown are in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  In the long history of the game, that amounts to just over a dozen players.  This kind of thing doesn’t happen often.

Cabrera led the league in batting average, hitting .330, home runs with 44, and runs batted in with 139.  We have witnessed a remarkable season by a remarkable baseball player.  Cabrera should be a lock to win the MVP (most valuable player) for the American League, although the Angels’ Mike Trout had an amazing season as well.  Cabrera’s Tigers are going to the postseason, Trout and the Angels will watch on television.

The American League Central Champion Tigers will host the American League West Champion Oakland A’s in the Divisional Series starting Saturday night just after 6.  The A’s are the surprise of baseball, catching the Texas Rangers on the last day of the season to win their division.

The game will be broadcast on TBS, check your local cable listings.

Justin Verlander will start Game 1 for the Tigers, the A’s have yet to announce their starting pitcher.  The Divisional Series is a best of five contest, the Tigers will play the first two games at home, then travel to the west coast to finish the series.

The individual accomplishment for Cabrera is mighty gratifying, but he would gladly trade that for a World Series ring.  Let’s hope that he and the Tigers get that chance.

 

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