Back in 1967, the Boston Red Sox entered into the final series of the season fighting for a place in the postseason and Carl Yastrzemski nearing the hitting Triple Crown. Yastrzemski won the batting title (.326) and RBI total (121) over Frank Robinson and Harmon Kilbrew, respectively. He then tied with Kilbrew for the lead in homeruns, which according to the rules, still garnered the coveted Triple Crown. At that time, focused on the pennant race, Yastrzemski wasn't immediately aware he had won it.
Today, on October 3, the Detroit Tigers enter the final game of the regular season against the Kansas City Royals with potential American League Most Valuable Player, Miguel Cabrera, battling for the Triple Crown and the team coming off the emotional high of winning the American league Central Division and a guaranteed spot in the postseason. Unlike Yastrzemski, Cabrera is all too aware of his current standing in the statistical categories.
Will all of the supposed "enhanced" play during the "Steroid Era" of professional baseball, few, if any, came as close to the Triple Crown as Cabrera now has. In a time when baseball has evolved into a pitcher's game, the offensive explosion required to top the statistical categories has dramatically risen in scope. Along with that, the world as we know it has changed immensely.
Unlike 1967, today's world revolves around the latest headlines. Social networking, such as Facebook and Twitter, hordes of television and radio communications and the dawn of information via internet and cell phone applications have made the publicity surrounding any potential record-breaking feat a hard-to-miss concept.
Though many will scrutinize the statistics, coming up with numbers to both support and deny the legitimacy of Cabrera's chances at the MVP award, his potential Triple Crown bid, should it come to fruition, cannot be easily dismissed by West Coast bias and outright discontent for the great selection of teams and players in the Midwest.
Cabrera has delivered, year in and year out, leading the Detroit Tigers to their current status of being crowned A.L. Central Division Champions in back-to-back seasons. Statistically, it is hard to find a better, more consistent hitter in the past ten years, in Major League Baseball. He has a career total of 321 homeruns, 1123 runs-batted-in and batting average of .318, putting him among the best in baseball's illustrious history. Should he win the Triple Crown, his first-ballot entrance in the Hall of Fame should be all but sealed.The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and published, freelance author, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and writes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Great Lakes Loons and Notre Dame football.
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