Miguel Cabrera wins Triple Crown, becomes first Latino in history to achieve rare feat
Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera is the first Latino, and first ballplayer in 45 years, to win one of the most elusive and difficult achievements in baseball, the Triple Crown.
When Detroit’s otherwise meaningless 1-0 victory over Kansas City came to a close Wednesday night, it was clear to Cabrera and everyone around him that he had just achieved baseball immortality.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland had tears welling in his eyes. General manager Dave Dombrowski kept trying to remind people to stop and enjoy the moment. Prince Fielder simply shook his head in disbelief at the history that had unfolded.
“Everybody said to me it was unbelievable. They were all excited to see this, enjoy this, be a part of something big,” he said, taking the rare feat in stride better than anyone.
Cabrera finished the regular-season hitting .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs, leading the American League in all three statistical categories, making him just the 15th player to achieve the Triple Crown and first since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
“I’ve managed a lot of players, managed some great ones, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” Leyland said. “When you’re sitting back and it’s over with, people are talking about Miguel Cabrera, the rest of the world will have no idea who his manager was, but I will.”
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