Miguel Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to win the batting triple crown, winning the Batting Title, Home Run Title and leading the league in RBI.
Some believe these stats are outdated and maybe they are, batting average is an arbitrary number that is influenced by so many things like a home score keeper giving a player a hit instead of an error or vice versa. Hitting with a runner on so the second baseman is shaded towards second hoping for a double play so what would be a normal ground out is a hit.
RBI are very dependant on the other players on your team getting on base so you can actually hit them in and that can be hard for some players on poorer teams.
However it is still an amazing accomplishment as these are the age old stats that baseball historians still use when evaluating talent (just not General Mangers as much when putting a team together) and this puts Cabrera in some incredible company.
I have been claiming Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball since his arrival in Detroit and I’m sure most Detrtoiters have also, however, I don’t think anyone in baseball is going to argue anything different after this season.
Mike Trout may still win the MVP based on defense and base running, but he will not be considered the best hitter…that is Miggy and Miggy alone, no argument can be had against it.
Also, the Tigers will play the Oakland A’s in the ALDS starting Saturday at Comerica Park at 6:07 with Justin Verlander on the bump. Let’s hope Verlander improves on his post season numbers and doesn’t pull an All Star Game fiasco.