I just turned 18 years old this September. I thought that the triple crown was a thing of the past, something for Ty Cobb, Ted Williams and Rogers Hornsby. Having someone win the triple crown in the modern age seemed impossible..Until this year! When
Mike Trout Miguel Cabrera achieved baseball immortality by winning the award! So what led to the big fella doing this? Well, I believe there are been multiple reasons.
1. Miguel Cabrera is just becoming a better hitter. Most people are in agreement that Miguel is already the best pure hitter in all of baseball. Pitchers want no part of him. At age 29, Cabrera is in the early part of his prime. How good will he get? Before 2012 he had never hit 40 home runs, and this year he has hit 44. We should all take a moment to thank the good Lord that we get to have Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander on our team.
2. My next reason is something that I don't think is getting attention. This year, Cabrera got exactly 50 more AB's than last year. I think that because he moved to hit 3rd in the lineup instead of 4th undoubtedly contributed more AB's this season. I was never a fan of Cabby hitting 4th last year. More AB's lead to more chances to hit MOAR DINGERZZ.
3. Yes, Cabrera has hit 14 MOAR DINGERZZ this year than last. Something I found interesting is that Cabrera walked 42 more times in 2011 than in 2012. Is this because Cabrera is being more aggressive? Perhaps. Is it because Delmon Young has been giving him hitting lessons? Perhaps. (let's hope not) The most obvious reason for the decrease in walks IMO is the addition of Prince Fielder. Victor Martinez is a fantastic hitter. He is great in pressure situations, and is awesome at getting RBI's and hitting doubles. But let's be honest, home runs are sexy. There is no doubt in my mind that opposing pitchers are more afraid of Fielder this year, than they were of V-Mart last year. Because of this, pitchers are very cautious to walk Cabrera and put runners on for Prince. This give Miguel more fastballs to hit out of the park.
4. The final reason is the emergence of Austin Jackson. To win the RBI title probably the most important thing needed is to have teammates on base for you to hit in. In AJAX's rookie year he had an OBP of .345 and he scored 103 runs. Miguel Cabrera had 126 RBI's to lead the AL. In 2011 AJAX only had a .317 OBP and scored 90 runs. Miguel Cabrera had 105 RBI's. This year, Jackson hit .300 and had an outstanding OBP of .377 while scoring 103 runs in only 137 games. Cabrera had a career high 139 RBI's. It also really helps that Jackson is a blazer on the base-paths.
So there you have it. My four reasons why I think this was the year for Cabrera. Watching history this year has been awesome. I'm so glad that I get to tell my future kids that I saw Miguel Cabrera play. We truly are watching a baseball legend play 3rd base for us. What do you guys think? Did I miss anything? Feedback is appreciated!