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Since when is Miguel Cabrera not getting any press for his Triple Crown?

Oct 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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I realize that the whole Mike TroutMiguel Cabrera MVP debate has led to a lot of old school-new school tribalism (and a lot of Detroit-non-Detroit tribalism), but it seems that in the past week or so that tribalism has taken a rather silly turn:  people claiming that Miguel Cabrera was/is getting no attention for his Triple Crown push.

I’ve seen it all over Twitter, almost always from people who are Tigers fans: people saying “Why is Cabrera getting no attention?” Or “Cabrera is gonna win the Triple Crown and NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT!”  We had a commenter here say that the other morning. He said in the middle of a time when HBT had run no less than three posts dedicated to Miguel Cabrera in a 12 hour period.

Here’s the latest incarnation of it, from The Big Lead:

Impressive feat, right? Except nobody outside of Detroit seems to care. Is it because Cabrera isn’t universally loved by the media? Is it because of the sport’s shift away from traditional stats and to Sabermetrics?

Five years ago, would Cabrera’s Triple Crown have received significantly more publicity? Is everyone still skeptical about cheating baseball players one year after the NL MVP, Ryan Braun, tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs, and one month after the leading hitter in the NL was busted for PEDs, too?

I’m not sure what planet this criticism is coming from. If you do a Google News search for “Miguel Cabrera MVP” — and even if you cut it off before yesterday to avoid all of the cut-and-paste “Cabrera won the Triple Crown” reports that came out last night — you get 93,000 results.  In that same time frame you get 13,000 or so “Mike Trout MVP” results.

That’s obviously not scientific, but I defy anyone to find me a single newspaper in city with a baseball team or any sports website out there that has not made multiple mentions of Miguel Cabrera and the Triple Crown.  Bud Selig issued an official statement from Major League Baseball congratulating him on the feat. Sure, maybe it could stand to be hyped even more given how rare it is (though at the moment I’m not sure how one could hype it more), but it has been hyped quite a lot.

What I think is really going on are people who are very pro-Cabrera in the MVP race not happy that he was being at all compared with Trout in the first place, and looking for considerably more Cabrera coverage they can point to and say “ah ha! More people agree with me! My preconceptions on the topic are validated!”

Folks: that fight is almost certainly over. I’d be shocked if Cabrera does not win the MVP. And I’d be equally as shocked if anyone can explain cogently and specifically — as opposed to merely making vague complaints — how Miguel Cabrera’s accomplishment is being somehow overlooked.

By the way: “Cabrera Triple Crown overlooked” has 1,500 Google News results in that time frame.  Maybe if everyone who is complaining about the lack of kudos Cabrera is getting and actually gave him kudos their life wouldn’t feel so unfulfilled.

  1. xjokerz - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    surprise surprise Craig Calcaterra making another article… once again about the downplay of the lack of talk about miggy… for god sakes he was knocked off top of sports center last night by a yankee team, that should have been in the playoffs a month ago…. maybe if his name was ” Jeter ” he would of been in the news for the past 2 weeks, with probably an official ” WATCH JETER MAKE HISTORY ” clock

  2. schlom - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Interestingly that site had a post by Jason Lisk a few days earlier where he compared players with similar statistical profiles to Trout and Cabrera and their MVP finishes. It seems that players with stats like Trout when the MVP more often than those with Cabrera like stats. In reality that shouldn’t be surprising as Cabrera isn’t really having an out of this world stat season, just a great one when league numbers are down.

    • nbjays - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      I had to laugh at the “Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown: the best ever?” post on this site. Are you kidding me? It isn’t even Cabrera’s best season ever.

      • Alexandra - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:37 AM

        I’m surprised this got downvotes when it’s quite easy to look up Cabrera’s stats and see that 2011 (and 2010 too) were better statistical seasons for Cabrera than 2012.

  3. xjokerz - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    hey dumbshit.. even if miggy had 10More homeruns and 30 more rbi’s he still wouldnt have caught Trout in the WAR department… GET REAL, WAR IS COMPLETE TRASH

    • gpatrick15 - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      Especially when you miss the playoffs anyway.

      • Jeremy Fox - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:38 PM

        Yeah, everybody who plays for a non-playoff team sucks! They might as well have stayed home and let their teams forfeit every game for all the good they did! And *everyone* on a playoff team must be awesome!

        Yeah, the Tigers wouldn’t have made the playoffs without Cabrera, or if Cabrera had played a bit less well. Same thing is true for Verlander, and Fielder, and a bunch of other players on the Tigers. And for a bunch of players on every other playoff team. Which is why “Team X would never have made the playoffs without player Y” is a stupid way to evaluate players. TEAMS make the playoffs. If you want to evaluate the season that some individual PLAYER had, it’s completely silly to start by asking “Would his team have made the playoffs without him?”

      • nbjays - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:23 AM

        Actually, the Tigers wouldn’t have made the playoffs in any other division, with or without Cabrera.

  4. scoregasmic - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Thanks for generalizing tigers fans…

  5. Alexandra - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    “There is not enough about Cabrera’s Triple Crown in this piece about all the attention Cabrera is getting for his Triple Crown. Why do you hate Detroit?” — that guy who always attacks Craig Calcaterra on twitter

  6. jayscarpa - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    In 1967 there were no playoffs and just two teams to talk about, the Red Sox & Cardinals. There wasn’t a lot of other baseball news getting in the way.

    In 1967 football, as we know it, didn’t exist. Fewer teams, less coverage.

    In 1967 there was no internet, no cable, none of the 24 hour mechanisms that bring sports coverage from around the world to our homes.

    So the Triple Crown is getting a little less coverage but the real issue isn’t Detroit or PED’s – it is the much bigger pie that the event has to compete with.

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