H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports
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Sorry, but for me, nothing trumps a Triple Crown.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera became the first player since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 to achieve the rare feat, hitting .330 with 44 HR and 139 RBI.
Despite others in the media who will attempt to downplay the significance of a Triple Crown, it hasn't been achieved in 45 years.
With all of the bashing going on in the 1990s and despite several players coming close (most recently Albert Pujols, 2009), it's an achievement even more rare than a perfect game, more rare than hitting four home runs in a single game.
It's even more rare than an unassisted triple play.
For me, that trumps everything.
It still trumps everything.
Cabrera won the AL MVP Award in rather convincing fashion, capturing 22 of 28 first-place votes. Trout captured the remaining six.
For all of the talk from sabermetric experts about Trout's superior skills, very few voters were ready to deny Cabrera the award.
Trout will likely have his day in the sun at some point in the future in terms of hoisting an MVP trophy. But for this season, Cabrera's Triple Crown effort ruled the day, and the year.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.