Miguel Cabrera is looking to become one of three players in MLB history to own two Triple Crown Titles in their career.
Last year, Miguel Cabrera’s remarkable 2012 season, which ended in a Triple Crown Title, was the longest gap in baseball history between the prestigious award campaigns. Cabrera led the American League with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, making him the 15th Triple Crown winner and the first since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
Cabrera joined an honor roll of Triple Crown winners that includes Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig and Ty Cobb. Ted Williams and Rogers Hornsby each did it twice.
So as the 2013 season rolls around, Cabrera is back at it again, trying to join Williams and Hornsby as the only players in history to win the Triple Crown twice.
If you thought Cabrera’s 2012 season was spectacular, his Triple Crown numbers thus far have eclipsed each category that he had last season. As of June 18, Cabrera leads the American League in RBI’s (71), batting avg. (.358), and is 2nd in home runs (19). During this time last year Cabrera only had 54 RBI’s, a .310 batting avg., with 14 home runs.
The only difference between this years Triple Crown race is that Cabrera has a legitimate contender to not only stop him from winning the award in back-to-back years, but also can take the award home for his own display.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is off to a historic start for his team in this 2013 season. As of June 18, 2013, Davis has 24 home runs, 61 RBI’s, and a .337 batting average. Davis and Cabrera are 1-2 in batting average, home runs and RBI’s in the American League.
If you think both players did not know of the previous stat coming into the 3 game set between the Orioles and the Tigers beginning on June 17, in Comerica Park, well..think again.
During the first game of this series, in the bottom half of the 1st inning, Miguel Cabrera hit a 2-run shot deep into right centerfield that gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead over the Orioles. So in the next top-half of the inning, American League home run leader Chris Davis felt the need to “match” Cabrera’s home run. So like Cabrera, Davis hit a home run into deep right centerfield, almost in the same area where Cabrera’s homer landed. The only difference was Davis’s home run was a solo shot.
But after reading a piece on CBSSports.com of the Davis and Cabrera home runs on June 17, it showed an image that ESPN Stats & Info tweeted at 10:26 p.m. that caught my attention. Below is the link to the article, scroll down to view the image:
The image showed that Davis’s 2nd inning home run was not only in the same area, but 5 feet away from Cabrera’s 1st inning home run. Davis’s home run was measured at 425 feet and got there in 4.25 seconds, while Cabrera’s home run measured at 420 feet and got there in 5.59 seconds.
Was Davis trying to prove a point to Detroit Tiger fans and Miguel Cabrera that his home run swing is more powerful than last year’s Triple Crown winner? Maybe. But the other thing that was on my mind was how lucky were the fans in that 5-feet radius who had two legit chances to catching a home run ball from either Cabrera or Davis? Like seriously, that would be a souvenir I would love to have the ownership of.
As this 2013 season progresses, we will see which of these two players will be able to withstand the pressure and stay on top of the leader board in their respective categories.
As a Detroit Tigers fan, it will be interesting to see how Cabrera performs with the pressure that Davis is putting on him to take the Triple Crown Title away. Cabrera is a proven winner though, and with the pace he is on thus far, the only people that should be worried in this situation are the opposing pitchers who would have to face Cabrera, or Davis for that matter.
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