The triple crown is the most impressive display of offense that a player can have. The league leader in batting average, RBIs, and home runs wins the title and goes down in baseball history. Last year, Miguel Cabrera was the first player to successfully win the title since 1967 when Carl Yastrzemski completed the feat for the Boston Red Sox.
Only two players have ever won multiple triple crowns, but not consecutively. They were Ted Williams in 1942 and 1947, and Rogers Hornsby in 1922 and 1925. But, can Cabrera be the first to win it back to back?
Currently he sits at the top of batting average with .356, a considerable lead over second place Mike Trout of the Angels with .338. He also tops the league in RBIs with 133. The thorn in Cabrera’s side is Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles, who currently is leading Cabrera in home runs, 48 to 43, and is on his coat tails with RBIs with 123.
Cabrera’s biggest concern for winning is his health. He has been struggling minor injuries as of late, most recently abdominal and groin soreness. He was back in the starting line up September 6th against the Royals, and he and Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland are hopeful that he will stay healthy, but will be closely watched on a game by game basis.
Cabrera is arguably the best hitter in the game, and maybe even the best of this generation. Whether or not he tops the league in these three categories remains to be seen, but he is having a season that very well could give him his second consecutive MVP, which he won last year with 22 out of 28 first place votes.