As we approach the quarter-season mark, not only is Miguel Cabrera making a strong case for MVP (as I predicted), but he’s also in the running to become the first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski pulled of the extremely rare feat in 1967 (it hasn’t been done in the NL since 1937).
Cabrera leads the majors in RBI with 33, six ahead of his nearest AL competitor, Alex Gonzalez. His scorching .370 average ranks second in the AL, only .001 behind his rookie-phenom teammate, Austin Jackson. While he still has some work to do in the home run category with a mere seven, he still ranks in the top 10 in the AL behind Paul Konerko’s league-leading 13.
Big Mig seems to have overcome the alcohol problems that came to a head during the Tigers’ pivotal series loss to the White Sox in the final weekend last year which contributed the eventual loss of the division title to the Twins. I still suspect some evil sabotage on the part of his conniving Venezuelan “friends” on the Sox. It’s not hard to imagine Ozzie Guillen purposely sending Freddy Garcia out to get him drunk that fateful evening.
But all seems to be forgiven in Detroit as Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland said Cabrera is one of those guys “that if you really wanted to, you could come in here and talk about him every day. I mean, he’s a star,” Leyland continued to gush, “that’s just the way it is. Things are different for him. He’s just one of those especially talented kids.”