On This Day In Baseball History: October 3, 2012

Miguel Cabrera

 

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera becomes the first player to win the triple crown since Carl Yastzemski in 1967. Cabrera finished his season with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 rbi. His offensive dominance also earned him AL MVP honors sparking an intense debate between the old school who believe that Cabrera deserved the MVP and the new school of sabermetrics that believed that Mike Trout was the AL MVP. Trout would have to settle for AL Rookie of the Year. In addition to the triple crown categories Cabrera also led the AL in slugging percentage (.606), OPS (.999), total bases (377), and double plays grounded into (28).

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