Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is attempting to accomplish what is arguably baseball’s most impressive feat, winning the batting Triple Crown. If the slugger is able to finish the season in the top spot for batting average, home runs and RBI, it would mark the first such season since 1967 when Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Yastrzemski accomplished it.
Entering play today, Cabrera leads the American League in batting average (.333) and runs batted in (130), and is second in home runs (41). The 29-year-old was able to reduce the home run gap to one with his solo shot last night, closing in on Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who didn’t play due to illness.
Hamilton is seven RBI behind Cabrera, and Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout is second in the AL in batting average (.327). Cabrera has now hit eight home runs this month, including five in his last five games.