Stark: Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown chase

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on September 19, 2012:

Not to suggest it’s been a while since anybody won a Triple Crown, but the last time it happened (1967) a gallon of gas cost 33 cents … the average salary of a big league baseball player was $10,000 … and the Internet was so slow, it was almost like it didn’t even exist. Heh-heh. Almost.

But now along comes Miguel Cabrera to threaten to force people to learn how to spell Yastrzemski again. And that’s a beautiful thing. But as this edition of the September History Watch is about to report, there’s all kinds of history out there for Cabrera to make, even if he doesn’t win the Triple Crown:

First off, let’s give you a clear picture of how special this is, to find a man making this serious run at the Triple Crown with a mere two weeks left in the season.

Cabera leads the league in batting average. And leads the league in RBIs. And is second in his league in home runs (40), just two back of Josh Hamilton. Well, friends, that’s more astonishing than you might think.

This is Year 45 A.Y. (After Yastrzemski). And according to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in any of those seasons that any player has reached the final two weeks of the season, and was leading his league in batting and RBIs, and within two of the lead in homers.


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Originally published: September 19, 2012. Last Updated: September 19, 2012.