Tip-Off for 9/20/12 (featuring Eminem and Royce Da 5’9): Miggie, Miggie, Miggie can’t you see why he’s my AL MVP!

(Associated Press)

Miguel Cabrera has the playoffs and the triple crown in his sights.

When he entered the majors barely a twenty-year old with the Florida Marlins, Miguel Cabrera has always been mentioned as a potential MVP candidate. After five seasons with the Marlins Cabrera was traded to the Detroit Tigers where he has become the cornerstone of a Tigers franchise that is looking to be more than just a player in this year’s postseason.

As for Cabrera and the AL MVP? You can remove the potential tag.

(Associated Press)

Prince Fielder and Cabrera have formed a dynamic duo in Motown.

Miguel Cabrera is a decade deep in the majors and with the exception of the additional 25-30 lbs. he still resembles the 20-year old prodigy that broke in with the Florida Marlins in 2003. The baby-faced assassin won a ring that year as the Marlins won their second World Series title by defeating the New York Yankees.

Cabrera in his 10th season is on a historical run that could lead the Detroit Tigers into the MLB playoffs.

It’s been 45 years since the Red Sox’s Carl Yastrzemski won baseball’s last triple crown. Cabrera leads the American League in batting average (.333), RBI (130) and trails the Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton by one home run (41).  The Tigers third baseman is leading the AL in batting and RBIs later than anyone has with less than two weeks to play since Yaz in 1967.

I believe in order for “Miggy” to lock down the MVP the Tigers would either have to make the playoffs or he would have to win the triple crown. The Tigers trail the red-hot Oakland A’s and Baltimore Orioles by 4.5 and 5 games, respectively.  Unless the Tigers can take it down to a one-game playoff winning the triple crown looks to be Cabrera’s best shot.

Depending on who you ask, LA Angels phenom outfielder Mike Trout is the frontrunner for the award. Trout, for all of his defensive highlights isn’t too shabby at the plate batting .327 along with  77 RBIs, 27 home runs and 46 stolen bases.

The hot man in the first half of the season was Josh Hamilton — who after a miserable July is making a late push as the Rangers are headed back to the playoffs. Hamilton is hitting .287 with 123 RBIs and leads the AL with 42 home runs. Hamilton’s teammate Adrian Beltre has entered the convo as well. The Rangers third baseman is batting .316 with 93 RBIs and 33 long balls.

Of course we need a New York Yankee in the mix and Robinson Cano is the guy. The Yankees second baseman is hitting .301 with 78 RBIs and 30 round trippers.

Don’t forget Cabrera’s teammate Prince Fielder. These two have joined forces to become the most dangerous one-two punch in the Majors. The Big Cat is hitting .303 with 100 RBIs and 27 home runs.

I think Cabrera beats out Hamilton out by a slim home run margin to give baseball its first triple crown winner in almost half a century.

The Lineup:

Take a peek at the Nets new unis (In Flex We Trust).

Darko Milicic to the Celtics (Hoops Hype).

Rolando McClain didn’t do the smartest thing (Pro Football Talk).

Derek Jeter continues to chip away at history (In Flex We Trust).

How to weather the storm as a man (Dr. Vibe Show).

Where are the top remaining NBA free agents headed (NBA Daily Post).

Lovie Smith not pleased with the criticism of Jay Cutler (The Red Zone).

I might agree with Jerry Jones on this one (NFL Football News).

Adrian Peterson says he’s at 95 percent (Pro Football Wire).

Are replacement officials affecting the Vegas line (Yahoo).

Tracklisting for The Man with the Iron Fists starring RZA (Blogspot).


8 Mile’s own…

9 Responses to “Tip-Off for 9/20/12 (featuring Eminem and Royce Da 5’9): Miggie, Miggie, Miggie can’t you see why he’s my AL MVP!”

  1. Sinclair says:

    In the Rolando McClain story: “… the league must look continuously for ways to spot players who may be inclined to not leave the field.” What, pray tell, are those “ways”?

  2. Ron Glover says:

    I have no idea, if it isn’t visibly obvious.

  3. Temple3 says:

    Andres Galarraga is the Big Cat. Meow!!!

  4. Dug this Ron. Good work.

  5. Temple3 says:

    Prince is the HUGE Cat.

  6. Ron Glover says:

    @ Temple as I was writing this I was thinking I was gonna get called on it.

    Man, Galarraga was nice. Played deep into his 30’s too.

  7. Ron Glover says:

    @Mizzo I see gato (cat) and it reminds me of something I heard Fred say on Sanford and Son.

  8. lol Ron what was that?