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Baseball's Last Triple Crown Winner - Miguel Cabrera

Updated on August 15, 2017
Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera | Source

The 2012 baseball season has come and gone, but 2012 will certainly be remembered as the year of Miguel Cabrera. Not since Carl Yastrzemski won the Triple Crown back in 1967 has anyone been able to duplicate the feat, until now that is. Congratulations to Miguel Cabrera for achieving one of Baseball's most difficult and coveted titles.

Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.

— Ted Williams

For those of you who aren't quite sure what the Triple Crown is, it is a title earned by a Major League Baseball player who leads either the National or American league in home runs, batting average, and runs batted in (RBI).

It is quite a difficult thing to do as a player has to demonstrate that he can hit for average, hit for power, and drive in runs. It is so difficult to achieve that it has only been accomplished 17 times in the history of the game going back to 1878, when Paul Hines of the Providence Grays won the title for the first time.

Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown in 2012 by leading the league with a .330 batting average, hitting 44 home runs, and knocking in 139 runs. He was part of a Detroit Tiger team that won 88 games and came in first place in the American League Central Division.

MLB Triple Crown Winners

Year
Player
Team
League
HR
RBI's
Average
1878
Paul Hines
Providence Grays
NL
4
50
.358
1887
Tip O'Neill
St. Louis Browns
AA
14
123
.435
1894
Hugh Duffy
Boston Beaneaters
NL
18
145
.440
1901
Nap Lajoie
Philadelphia Athletics
AL
14
125
.426
1909
Ty Cobb
Detroit Tigers
AL
9
107
.377
1922
Roger Hornsby
St. Louis Cardinals
NL
42
152
.401
1925
Roger Hornsby
St. Louis Cardinals
NL
39
143
.403
1933
Jimmie Foxx
Philadelphia Athletics
AL
48
163
.356
1933
Chuck Klein
Philadelphia Phillies
NL
28
120
.368
1934
Lou Gehrig
New York Yankees
AL
49
165
.363
1937
Joe Medwick
St. Louis Cardinals
NL
31
154
.374
1942
Ted Williams
Boston Red Sox
AL
36
137
.356
1947
Ted Williams
Boston Red Sox
AL
32
114
.343
1956
Mickey Mantle
New York Yankees
AL
52
130
.353
1966
Frank Robinson
Baltimore Orioles
AL
49
122
.316
1967
Carl Yastrzemski
Boston Red Sox
AL
44
121
.326
2012
Miguel Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
AL
44
139
.330

The Venezuelan born Cabrera first came into the major leagues in 2003 with the Florida Marlins at the young age of twenty. He very quickly established himself as one of the best pure hitters in the game.

In his first ten seasons Cabrera has a career batting average of .318 and has hit thirty or more home runs in eight of his ten seasons. He has also driven in over 100 runs in nine seasons making him one of the most consistent and dangerous hitters in the game of baseball.

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In ten seasons in the major leagues Cabrera has been selected to the All-star game seven times. He has won the American League batting title twice and has led the league in home runs and RBI’s also on two occasions. In 2003, during his rookie season he helped to lead the Florida Marlins to their first World Series Championship.

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Off the field, Cabrera remains very active in his community and in 2012 he founded the Miguel Cabrera Foundation. Designed to assist local programs supporting children the foundation encourages kids to play baseball as a means of improving the quality of their life. Cabrera hosts a variety of events for kids including a special night at the Tigers stadium and his foundation is a supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Congratulations to Miguel Cabrera for his outstanding performance during the entire 2012 season and for being the first player in 45 years to win Baseball's Triple Crown.


© 2012 Bill De Giulio

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wouldn't that be amazing? He is certainly one of the greatest hitters of this era if not in the history of baseball. Thanks so much for the visit, have a great day.

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      Miggy is simply amazing! Here in Detroit he is becoming a legend, and everyone loves him.

      Last night he killed it again with 2 HRs. I think that he has a chance of winning the Triple Crown again this year.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      You are very modest my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Let's just say I got the most out of the physical gifts I was born with. :)

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey Bill. Amazing that it's been 45 years. I'm a Red Sox fan and I remember as a young kid Yaz accomplishing this back in 67. Good for Miguel, he certainly deserves all the accolades for a great season.

      I seem to recall seeing a photo of a young Billybuc in a baseball uniform somewhere in a Hub. I'm willing to bet you were quite the player in your day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I absolutely love baseball, grew up in baseball, and I had no idea it had been that long since a Triple Crown winner! What a great feat in baseball; a combination of power and average, clutch hitting and steady performance.....great season by that young man.

      No arguments here....he deserves the award. Good job Bill!