Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Who's tripping down the streets of the city.
Smilin' at everybody he sees.
Who's reachin' out to capture a moment.
Everyone knows its...MIGGY!
Ok, so I altered these lyrics a bit from the 1967 summer hit, "Windy" from The Association, but it is appropriate for what is about to take place in Major League Baseball after the next two games.
Something that hasn't happened since the summer of 1967.
A feat so rare it has only happened 15 times in the history of baseball. This happens less frequently than a perfect game (23 times total).
Which brings us to 2012 and Detroit superstar Miguel "Miggy" Cabrera currently sits in the lead of all the major offensive categories after last nights game. He has an American League leading .329 batting average, 44 home runs, and 137 rbi.
He is not only doing this against all other players in the American League, but he is doing this while putting his team in the playoffs. He is carrying his team on his back and doing it with ease. He has always been a very special talent all the way back to first days in the majors with the Florida Marlins.
He is a truly an offensive dynamo at 29 years of age. Just think about how difficult it is to lead the league in only one category, let alone, three of them. This is why it is so rare to accomplish due to there are so many players in the league with different skill sets and abilities.
For an example, Tony Gywnn, pictured below, was an amazing hitter and was a eight time batting champion. He was never going to be confused with any of the power hitters in the National League during his hayday. Which in turn made the sluggers of his era basically shut out of any chance to challenge the Triple Crown due to Gwynn's ability to hit annually for such a high average.
This is the rub when you are talking Triple Crown. You have to be good at everything. You have to be disciplined enough around the plate that you not only swing at good pitches but lay off the obviously bad ones. It is well proven that good pitching gets out good hitting, especially in the playoffs, but through the course of a season good hitting destroys bad pitching and Miggy has been soaring in that regard this year.
What I also like is that he does it with a smile. He does seem to have fun each and everyday and is truly earning this $21 million salary. I find it difficulty to justify when players are collecting that much money and then seeing if they have earned it or not.
When you are leading the league in all offensive categories and at the same time leading your team into the playoffs it almost seems justified.
I just am old school when it comes to awarding MVP. If the players team gets in the playoffs then I find more value in that than if an opposing candidates team doesn't get in. The ultimate goal is getting in the playoffs and winning a championship. I have stated before I am a Cubs fan and when Andre Dawson won the MVP in 1987 for a last place team it just doesn't seem right. Good stats or not you take him away from the Cubs that year and they still are in last place.
Getting into the playoffs is huge.
Of the two candidates only Miggy will be getting in the playoffs and Mr. Trout will be sitting at home waiting until next year.
I am not denying the amazing season Mike Trout has had. He will get his own award this year for Rookie-of-the-Year and it will look nice on his mantle.
But in my eyes if Miguel Cabrera wins the Triple Crown that seals the deal.
He will be my American League MVP.
And he will be smilin' and reachin' out to capture a moment.
Maybe a World Series moment?
Posted by WGCY Newsroom at 4:05 PM