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Miguel Cabrera is on the verge of doing something that hasn't been done in baseball for a long time, and even that might not win him the MVP. The reigning winner of that award has a couple of problems with that.
Justin Verlander, who won the Cy Young and MVP last season, has put his support firmly behind his teammate in this year's race for the award.
However, there are plenty of voters and pundits who say that Angels rookie Mike Trout should win the award this season, even if Cabrera wins the Triple Crown. The Tigers third baseman, who leads the league in batting average and RBIs and is a home run behind Josh Hamilton for the lead in that, would be the first player to accomplish the feat since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
Verlander's thoughts on that school of thought? Not a fan.
"Bull [expletive]," he said, according to The Detroit News, following Wednesday's game, a game in which Cabrera homered again. "That's ridiculous. When was the last time there was a Triple Crown winner, '67? OK.
"That would be a joke in my opinion. Come on. Even the fact that he's one home run away is completely absurd. Just watch him. And watch him when we need him, down this home stretch. Oh my god. You want to talk about the MVP."
In addition to contending for the Triple Crown, Cabrera has been white-hot in the month of September. He's hitting .371 in 17 games with eight home runs and 21 RBIs to go along with 1.261 OPS.
Many are still in love with Trout, who has been fantastic in his rookie campaign, despite missing the first month of the season before being called up. Sabermetricians will also point to Trout stats like his WAR (wins over replacement), which is 9.4. Cabrera checks in at 6.8, a figure that is none too shabby.
For what it's worth, Trout is hitting .273 with two home runs and three RBIs in September.
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Tigers ace Justin Verlander's opinion if Miguel Cabrera was not named MVP if his teammate wins the Triple Crown: "Bull (expletive)."
Miguel Cabrera is having one of the finest offensive seasons in recent Major League history, and is chasing an offensive Triple Crown, which means leading the league in batting average, home runs, and RBI, a feat not accomplished since Carl Yastremski in 1967 and only 15 times in Major League Baseball history. Would it be fair to say that someone who accomplishes this rare...
Miguel Cabrera is making a late push for the Triple Crown - and if he keeps swinging like this, the Detroit Tigers could still have a shot in the AL Central.
Cabrera homered twice, including a grand slam in the eighth inning, and the Tigers routed the Oakland Athletics 12-2 on Tuesday night. Detroit lost right-hander Max Scherzer after only two innings to fatigue in his throwing...
Miguel Cabrera homered, Omar Infante drove in three runs and Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Verlander (15-8) allowed five hits and three walks while striking out five.
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While I wrote most of what I had to say about the AL MVP discussion a few days ago, I do have one more question I want to ask – what’s so different about Cabrera this season compared to 2010?
Most of the case for Cabrera’s candidacy rests upon the idea that he’s having an historic offensive performance, and that denying him the award would be some kind of historical injustice...
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All apologies to Tigers fans and Miguel Cabrera, but the numbers clearly state that Mike Trout is the best player in the American League.
Newsflash: Miguel Cabrera is having a ridiculous season. Following Tuesday’s game, he is sitting on a batting average of .333, 40 home runs and 129 RBIs. Those numbers put him first, tied for second and first in the respective Triple Crown categories.
As baseball historians/geeks know, former Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski is the last player to hit for the Triple Crown...
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If Ron Gardenhire had a vote for AL MVP, he would cast it for Miguel Cabrera.
''I'm just tipping my hat to Cabrera, he's the best player in this league,'' the Minnesota manager said Friday before the series opener in Detroit was postponed by rain. ''He's going for a Triple Crown, that's an MVP season. His team is in a playoff hunt not solely...
Miguel Cabrera homered twice, including an eighth-inning grand slam, and the Detroit Tigers had no trouble overcoming an early injury to right-hander Max Scherzer in a 12-2 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
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