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Christopher L. Gasper

Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera should be AL MVP

On the sports fan bucket list of athletic achievements unlikely to be witnessed in my lifetime, a baseball player winning the Triple Crown ranked somewhere between Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak being matched and an NBA player equaling Oscar Robertson’s feat of averaging a triple-double for an entire season in 1962.

For those under 50, the Triple Crown was a mythical mantle from the days before divisional play and the designated hitter. Until Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera won it this year in the American League, no one had worn the Crown — leading the league in homers, runs batted in, and batting average — since Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. It was an impossible feat that enhanced an Impossible Dream.

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