In the end there were no heroics on the last day of the 2012 regular season. In fact Miguel Cabrera’s 2012 regular season campaign ended with somewhat of a whimper as he struck out in his only two at bats before being pulled from the game. However, he would enter the dugout, high five his teammates in the fourth inning with the knowledge that he had secured the American League Triple Crown.
For the record books Cabrera’s 2012 batting average was .330, he hit 44 home runs, and knocked in 139 runs to lead his league in the top three offensive categories and win the first AL Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967.
Before the game Tigers Manger Jim Leyland said this to the AP:
I would say without question he’s enjoyed it. How could you not enjoy what he’s done if you’re a baseball player? I would also add to that I doubt very much, knowing him, that he necessarily enjoys all the extra attention, and all the extra conversations he has to have, it’s kind of out of his realm in personality.
That is the real skinny of it Miguel is not a flashy guy or player. He quietly and simply goes about his business. Without a doubt this achievement cements his status as the best hitter in the game today, as well as punches his ticket to eventual enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame.