Thursday, October 4, 2012
What Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown Win Could Mean For Baseball
First and foremost, congratulations to Miguel Cabrera for his illustrious achievement on becoming the first Triple Crown Champion(Best batting avg. Most HR's & RBI's) in 45 years. Cabrera joins the a club that includes players such as; Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Roger Hornsby, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, and the last person to win the Triple Crown prior to himself(Cabrera), Carl Yastrzemski.
With Cabrera winning the Triple Crown, the question is now what this could mean for the sport of baseball?
The significance of Cabrera's achievement could make baseball a little more than just one dimensional. Baseball in recent years has been more so than not, about the hitting of home runs. For a while we were seeing players hitting 50, 60, or even 70+ home runs a season and every year the record for most home runs in a season seemed to be always in danger of being broken and setting a new mark for the record. The Triple Crown Award is more than just home runs by itsself, it's also accumulating the most RBI's and best Batting Avg. in the whole league. Meaning that a player will need to be more consistent and versatile in their offensive side of the game.
Could Cabrera winning the Triple Crown be the dawn of a new era?
To expand on the the game's aspect of most home runs in a season, the use of Performing Enhancement Drugs (PED) was running rampant. Questions of steroid use immediately arose when Mark McGwire was in the midst of his home run recording setting season. McGwire was using a supplement known as Androstenedione (precursor to testosterone). Though not illegal at the time, McGwire was questioned about his past in regarding to steroid usage. Eventually the likes of Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmerio would soon follow suit of steroid allegations. Cabrera's Triple Crowns could essentially be the beginning of the end of the "Steroid Era" (granted you will always have players being busted for PED's, as it is inevitable) but any "spotlight" players had in the past because they got caught using PED's, may end up being overlooked by the fans (rightfully so) in the future.
What this could mean for the future of the sport of Baseball
The actual outcome from Cabrera's Triple Crown and the effects it will, for now, have on baseball remained to be seen. Baseball may be able to regain any fans it may have lost because of the steroid usage in the sport and draw more crowds and viewers into watching it once again. Potentially, we may see more appreciation for baseball and will be able to restore the respect for the game it rightfully deserves, as it's not only just a sport, but it's impact on American History itsself.
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