The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Triple Crown Watch

Stefanie Pohl

The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Triple Crown Watch

By Stefanie Pohl. CREATED Oct 3, 2012

Within days of clinching the AL Central division, the Detroit Tigers could have a lot more celebrating to do on behalf of one special player.

Miguel Cabrera is on the verge of becoming the MLB's first Triple Crown winner since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski. A Triple Crown winner leads a league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in by the end of the season.

The Tigers' third baseman has already won once in each of those three categories - just not all at once. The Triple Crown win would give Cabrera two AL batting titles, two AL home run titles, and two AL RBI titles.

"Big isn't the word for it," Prince Fielder said. "We're witnessing one of the greatest offensive performances ever in baseball history."

Cabrera would become the 14th player to win the Triple Crown - only four players have accomplished the feat since World War II.

"Cabrera’s performance raised his average from .329 to .331 and his RBI total from 137 to 139. He has 11 more RBIs than Hamilton (139-128), one more homer than Hamilton (44-43) and healthy batting leads over Trout (.331 to .324) and Mauer (.320)," according to the Detroit Free Press.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland discussed with Cabrera whether or not he should sit this final game out, but the third baseman expressed that he wanted to play.