The 2012 season for Miguel Cabrera can be defined as one of the most spectacular for any hitter in the last 20 years of action in the Major Leagues.
With only four years of having arrived at the Detroit Tigers, the one from La Pedrera was already part of the Bengali family and that trust was reciprocated on this day, a decade ago when the Venezuelan, then just 29 years old, He managed to become the first Latin American player to lift a Triple Crown of Batting in the MLB.
Forty-five years have passed since Carl Yastrzemski had achieved that milestone with the Boston Red Sox, in 1967 with an average of .326; 44 home runs and 121 RBIs.
Many came close to the grand prize, but it was none other than Cabrera who was able to overcome the shadows and enter the glory that October 3, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, the stadium where the Detroit Tigers played the last game of that season.
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That day, Cabrera went blank in two at-bats with a strikeout included and thus ended that magnificent season with a hefty .330 average; 44 homers and 139 RBIs, enough to sit on the throne and bask in greatness.
For a player with 10 years of service, as it was then for Cabrera, his numbers were something superlative and that 2012 campaign ended up defining what was in sight in the future for this Venezuelan: A place in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown .
Al Kaline, one of the most important members in the history of the Tigers, defined Cabrera, in that 2012 campaign, as a unique player.
“He (Cabrera) is the best hitter that has played in Detroit since I've been here. There is no doubt about that and I include myself in that list”, exclaimed the member of the Hall of Fame and who played 2.834 games with the felines and came to dispatch 3.007 hits with a Detroit uniform.
"He is the best. I can't say anything about Charlie Gehringer or Ty Cobb, because I didn't get to see them on the field, but since 1953, since I've been here, Cabrera is the best hitter that's ever happened in Detroit."
That feat that Cabrera completed ten years ago, gave him the courage to continue that path towards the Temple of the Immortals, because in more than a century of existence of Major League Baseball, many have been the batting champions, including líderis home run hitters, but only the greats have been able to wear this crown and ours, Miguel Cabrera, is one of them.
Today marks a decade of the feat of the magnificent Miggy!