Baseball’s Rare Triple Crown Won By Cabrera After 45-year Drought

There are 2 types of Triple Crown in sports and superlatives properly attach to both. Horse racing’s Triple Crown hasn’t been achieved since Affirmed did it in 1978.  Baseball’s Triple Crown is even more rare, and hasn’t been done since 1967.  That is, until last night when Detroit Tigers’ 3B Miguel Cabrera finished the season atop all 3 major categories in offensive production for a hitter. Cabrera finished the season batting .330, slugging 44 home-runs, and driving in 139 runs to capture the elusive title last won 45 years ago by Boston’s Carl “Yaz” Yastrzemski.  Cabrera’s feat eclipsed Yaz’ in one respect, which was that Yaz’s 44 home runs were tied with Harmon Killebrew that year.  Cabrera was the clean leader in all 3 categories.

Last night Curtis Granderson of the Yankees had a huge night belting two home runs enroute to destroying the Red Sox, thereby coming within 1 home run of Cabrera.  But at 9:35 CST is was official – the 29-year-old Venezuelan had won the Triple Crown.  Cabrera’s Tigers now prepares for a playoff matchup with the Oakland A’s who won the AL West on the last day of the season by completing a 3-game sweep of the Texas Rangers to come from behind and capture the division. Cabrera finished the magical season on the road, so an unbelievably emotional scene will be on hand when the Tigers take to their home field, Comerica Park, for their first playoff game Saturday evening (5:07 CST, TBS).  The Tigers will have their ace on the mound for the opener, so this game to be the highest watched of the LDS.