Thursday, September 29, 2011


Cabrera in 2008, when he led the league in home runs

Had to dig back in the archives to find a picture of your 2011 American League batting champion.

After going hitless his first two at-bats, Cabrera led off the sixth with a bloop single to right field. And in his next at-bat, he sent a double down the left-field line, clinching the crown.

Cabrera entered Wednesday with a five-point lead over Boston's Adrian Gonzalez and Texas' Michael Young in the race for the batting crown, and it only grew.

Cabrera finished with a .344 average, while Young and Gonzalez finished at .338.

"I think you've seen him at his best in the last three weeks," manager Jim Leyland said of Cabrera, who went 18-for-32 (.563) with four home runs, eight RBIs and two strikeouts his last nine games. "He's just been on an absolute mission.

And from the NYT:

He led the American League in home runs in 2008 and RBIs last year. According to STATS, LLC, he's one of three active players with a "career triple crown" - along with Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.

Nice company. What do you say we get him a shiny ring to reward his efforts?

The mission continues Friday night in New York. Be sure and tune in.