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Miguel Cabrera wins the Triple Crown

Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera became the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years on Wednesday.

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Triple Crown the accomplishment of a lifetime

Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown. It's hard to put into words what that means.

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Congratulations pour in to Cabrera

Frank Robinson and Carl Yastrzemski, baseball's past two Triple Crown winners, congratulated Miguel Cabrera Wednesday for his becoming the newest member of their small Triple Crown group.

In a statement released by the MLB, Robinson, who won the Triple Crown in 1966, said:

"I congratulate Miguel Cabrera on winning the Triple Crown. Miguel has been outstanding all year long by coming to play every day, showing his discipline at the plate and making the most of his great talent. For me, earning the batting title over Tony Oliva, who we played against in the last series of the year, was the hardest part, and for Miguel, I am sure it was even more challenging, given all the specialized relievers in the game today. Most importantly, Miguel and the Tigers now have the opportunity to participate in the most exciting month of the baseball season. This is an incredible accomplishment for a gifted young man, and Miguel should be proud of his all-around excellence and consistency throughout the season."

Yastrzemski, who prior to Wednesday was baseball's most recent Triple Crown winner after earning it in 1967, added:

"I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Miguel Cabrera on winning the Triple Crown. I am glad that he accomplished this while leading his team to the American League Central title. I was fortunate enough to win this award in 1967 as part of the Red Sox Impossible Dream Team. I am sure Frank Robinson joins me in commending Miguel in reaching this significant milestone in his career."

Baseball commish Bud Selig also congratulated Cabrera, who finished the season leading the American League in average (.330), home runs (44) and RBI (139).

"It is an honor to congratulate Miguel Cabrera on earning the Triple Crown, a remarkable achievement that places him amongst an elite few in all of Baseball history. Miguel has long been one of the most accomplished hitters in the game, and this recognition is one that he will be able to cherish for the rest of his career in baseball and beyond. As the Tigers prepare for the Postseason, we have a global stage to witness Miguel's talent, which will go down as one of the hallmarks of Major League Baseball's extraordinary 2012 regular season."

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The Triple Crown has a logo

The MLB released this special logo tonight in honor of Miguel Cabrera's achievement as the first batter to win the Triple Crown in 45 years.

The olde English D sure looks good, doesn't it?

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Cabrera wins the Triple Crown

Cabrera won the first Triple Crown since 1967. He became the 15th player to win it, and it's just the 17th time it's been won in history.

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The Triple Crown still matters

Some people want to tell you the Triple Crown doesn't matter -- that it's outdated and only important because your grandparents didn't know better. They're wrong. They're waaay wrong.

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Miguel Cabrera finishes 2-for-3 Tuesday night

In his quest for the Triple Crown, Miguel Cabrera singled in each of his first two at-bats Tuesday in Kansas City. The second single drove in a pair of runs. Cabrera finished his night 2-for-3, leaving in the fifth inning.

Cabrera's up-to-the-minute average: .331. He leads Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout, who is hitting .326.

Cabrera leads Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton by one home run and 12 RBI.

Trout and Hamilton do not play until later in the night.

Hamilton will face Oakland and starting pitcher Travis Blackley (5-4, 4.00)

Trout is in Seattle to face Hisashi Iwakuma (8-5, 3.32).

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11:15 p.m. update:

Hamilton has an RBI double, but no HR.

Trout is 1-for-2 with a .325 average.

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The Ridiculous Cabrera/Trout Debate

Two excellent seasons in baseball. Two players with incredibly high value to each franchise. And one argument that is ruining it for everyone.

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Miguel Cabrera increases grip on Triple Crown

Miguel Cabrera is closer to earning the Triple Crown than any player since the last winner, Carl Yastrzemski, did it 45 years ago. He had a single and home through his first three at-bats Monday.

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Thursday Links: Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown Watch

Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown chances are becoming more precarious by the day, Jim Leyland's job might be in serious jeopardy, and the Washington Nationals might let Teddy Roosevelt win the President's Race. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Cabrera, Verlander have award-worthy seasons

The Tigers might be in the thick of a Central Division title hunt that everyone expected to go better, but don't forget to enjoy just how good Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera are. They might be the best duo of players to wear the Old English D at the same time ever.


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