Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera capped an incredible season on Wednesday, as he became baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years.
With a batting average of .330 along with 44 home runs and 139 RBI, he led the American League in all three categories and finished tops in both leagues in homers and RBI. It's the 14th time in major league history that a player has accomplished the feat.
He went 0-for-2 in Wednesday's finale at Kansas City and exited after the striking out in the fourth inning. He got a standing ovation from the Kauffman Stadium crowd as he departed and came out for a curtain call.
Cabrera became the first player to take home the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski turned the trick in 1967 with the Boston Red Sox. The Hall of Famer hit .326 with 44 homers and 121 RBI that season and won his first and only AL MVP.
The 29-year-old Cabrera set career highs in homers and RBI and had the second- best batting average of his career, trailing his .344 mark from the 2011 season.
The seven-time All Star passed both the 300-home run mark and 1,000 and 1,100 RBI marks during his remarkable season and now sits at 321 home runs, 1,123 RBI and a .318 average over his 10 seasons in the majors.