After 45 years “Miguel Cabrera” makes Triple Crown

“It was like, everybody said to me it was unbelievable,” Cabrera said. “They were excited to see this, enjoy this, be a part of something big, and winning, I feel better.” Miguel Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to achieve the Triple Crown in the AL Central-champion Tigers’ 1-0 victory Wednesday night, which sent Detroit into the postseason on a high note and the Royals into another frustrating offseason.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” he said. “I can’t describe the feeling right now.”

The previous player to achieve the Triple Crown was Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. “I don’t know if I’ve seen anything like it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It ranks up there with a 30-win season, with hitting 400. It’s extremely tough to do. I don’t know if we’ll ever see it again.”

Cabrera’s achievement wasn’t official until theYankees pinch-hit for Curtis Granderson in their 14-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox. Granderson had homered twice to reach 43 for the year, tied with the Rangers’ Josh Hamiltonand one shy of Cabrera.

Triple Crown of Baseball is an “awarded” in major League Baseball; a player leads a league in three specific statistical categories.

1. Home runs
2. Batting average
3. Runs batted in

All three categories must be led or tied at the end of the season in order to be part of a Triple Crown performance. Few players have ever come close and when a player simply leads in two categories it is often a noteworthy achievement.

The first Triple Crown winner was Tommy Bond, who won the NL pitching crown in 1877. The following year, Paul Hines won the first batting Triple Crown in the NL; and now Miguel Cabrera are the only two batting Triple Crown winners from the NL or the AL who are not in the Hall of Fame.