In 1967 Carl Yastrzemski won Major League Baseballs' elusive Triple Crown. This is the award given to the player who leads the league in three categories batting average, homeruns and runs batted in. That year Yastrzemski led the league with a .326 average, 44 homers and 121 RBI. This year, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers became the first player since Yastrzemski to win the Triple Crown with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBI.

While the season has come to a close and Cabrera has led the Tigers to the playoffs, there is still a question of whether or not he will win the MVP award as well. The Angels Mike Trout has a record breaking season, while Josh Hamilton of the Rangers and Curtis Granderson of the Yankees both led the league in homeruns with 43. Hamilton was also second in the league for RBI with 128.

Cabrera is only the 10th different player to get the Triple Crown (15 overall, several players got it twice) since the statistic of RBI was added to MLB stats in 1920. Some of the names on that list? Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Frank Robinson and Jimmie Foxx. Every single one of them is in the MLB Hall of Fame. Cabrera was welcomed to a standing ovation at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City last night, where he went 0-2 but still was retained league leading stats.

Yet, with the NFL replacement ref issue and Presidential Elections, this feat has been generally ignored by the mainstream media and the sports world as Cabrera climbed towards the top. Perhaps because it's not as flashy as a homerun race, or perhaps it's just because Cabrera himself is the quiet sort. Never one to boast or beg for camera time, Cabrera just shows up every day and plays the game that he loves.

Says Tigers catcher Alex Avila, "He's not a talkative guy. One, he doesn't speak English that well, but two, he lets his ability carry through." And it's that ability that is so rare. Neither Barry Bonds or Alex Rodriquez were about to win the batting title in the years they competed for homeruns, and many other players have led in one category but never in the other two.

Continuously humble, Cabrera pointed out that for him, it was just about winning games. "It was hard the last two days because everybody talked about it. I just had to focus; I had to go out there and do the job," Cabrera said. "The hardest part was to go out there and focus and win games. I said, If we win the division, everything would take care of itself."

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