Miguel Cabrera happily settled for a single crown.
The Detroit Tigers slugger fell short in his bid to become the first player to win the Triple Crown in successive seasons. But Cabrera clinched his third batting title in a row, finishing with a .348 average after sitting out Sunday's regular-season finale at Miami - a no-hitter by the Marlins' Henderson Alvarez.
Now Cabrera's headed for the playoffs with the AL Central champion Tigers. And he denied any disappointment about not winning another Triple Crown.
''I still had a good season,'' he said. ''I have the same numbers I had last year, and we won the division.''
Actually, his statistics are better than they were in 2012, when he was the AL MVP. His batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage are all higher than a year ago.
Last year he batted .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs. This year he had 44 home runs and 137 RBIs.
In 2012 Cabrera became the first player to win the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in...