Not since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 has any player led the league in home runs, RBI’s and batting average.
Back to Cobb. His .377 average and 107 RBI in 1909 were impressive numbers, but that season Cobb led the league with only 9 home runs. Cabrera hit his ninth homer this season on May 27th. The game has certainly changed.
As September kicks into high gear and the pennant races heat up, Cabrera is quietly positioning himself in the top three in the Triple Crown categories.
Cabrera would never talk about his chances of accomplishing the feat because he is much too concerned with team goals. The fact remains though, that his shot is becoming more and more legitimate.
What was once a seemingly insurmountable lead for Mike Trout in the average category has disappeared. Cabrera has caught Trout, each batting .330 as of Thursday. Cabrera’s 116 RBI’s are tops in the league and two more than Josh Hamilton.
The Home Run category will be the challenge. Adam Dunn and Hamilton have each hit 38 homers, but a surging Miggy is now just three shy of the pace.
You can make an argument for the Triple Crown being the most difficult accomplishment in baseball. Anything that has not been achieved since 1967 qualifies as quite an exploit. Ask any big league hitter and they may say hitting .400 is more difficult. Ted Williams is the last to do it back in 1941. Either way, leading your league in the three major offensive categories takes a special talent.
Cabrera is as special as they come. His ability and willingness to hit the ball up the middle and the other way makes him a threat to win a batting title, as he did last season. A late season power surge seems to be in the making as well, with Cabrera hitting three home runs in his last six games.
September has a way of separating the boys from the men and Cabrera is a good bet to outdistance the rookie Trout for the batting title. Can he hold of Hamilton and Dunn in the power categories? I would not bet against him.