Cabrera becomes MLB’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years

DETROIT Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera became Major League Baseball’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years by leading the American League in batting average, runs batted in and homeruns.

Cabrera was just the 15th player to win baseball’s Triple Crown, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig. Cabrera topped AL with a .330 batting average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs, becoming the first Triple Crown winner in the major leagues since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

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

His achievement wasn’t assured until the Yankees 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 Hamilton and one shy of Cabrera.

Cabrera went 0 for 2 against the Royals before leaving in the fourth inning to a standing ovation. He finished the regular season hitting four points higher than Angels rookie Mike Trout, his toughest competition for AL MVP. Cabrera was the runaway leader in RBIs. Noli Cruz


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