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Last night Miguel Cabrera earned MLB's first Triple Crown in 45 years. Hold on, I'm gonna let that sink in for a minute, because I don't think enough people are paying attention to the fact that MIGUEL CABRERA JUST EARNED THE FIRST TRIPLE CROWN IN 45 YEARS. Do people somehow not realize that this is sort of a big deal because it's happened just 16 times since 1878, and just four times since the 1950s? Show of hands: how many of you were alive when Yaz did it in '67? And now how many of you were actually old enough and interested enough to follow baseball then?
This is simply one of the greatest individual batting accomplishments I've seen since I've been alive. There have been others, to be sure: two grand slams in one inning (which will NEVER be broken, maybe not even tied), 50-70 HR in a season (with, um, varying degrees of, you know, um, "assistance") and a new single-season hits record. But can you really grasp how great of a season you have to have to lead the league in HR, RBI and AVG? Not one of those stats implies a player is adept at doing well in another, especially nowadays when most sluggers are given a free pass on striking out 150-plus times because at least it's not a double play!