Detroit Tigers third baseman, Miguel Cabrera entered the last day of the regular season leading the American League in all three Triple Crown categories; batting average, home runs and runs batted in. He had just a slightly high batting average than Los Angeles Angels super-rookie, Mike Trout for the AL Batting Title while his 44 home runs were just one more than the Rangers' Josh Hamilton and two more than the Yankees' Curtis Granderson.
Trout went 1-5, finishing with a .326 BA. Hamilton went 1-5 but failed to hit a homerun. Granderson added some drama by crushing two home runs, but still wasn't able to catch Miggy.
Cabrera went 0-2 before being pulled from the Tigers game in Kansas City. The Royals fans knew they were watching the final act of a magical season, and gave him a standing ovation. His final 2012 Triple Crown stats look like this: .330 Batting Average, 44 Home Runs and 139 RBI.
In a season that saw no-hitters, including two perfect games, the 2012 MLB season will forever be known as the year Miguel Cabrera won the American League Triple Crown. He was solid and consistent the entire season. The only month in which his batting average was below .300 was in April, in which he hit .298. As the season went on, Cabrera got hotter. His highest monthly average peaked at .357 in August. His home run (10) and RBI (27) numbers peaked in September.
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This is the 16th time a major league baseball player has won the triple crown. It's the ninth time the American League triple crown has been won. It's the second time a member of the Detroit Tigers has accomplished this feat. The last time was when Ty Cobb batted .377, 107 RBI and 9 (yes 9) homeruns way back in 1909.
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