Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is one game away from the first Triple Crown in the majors in 45 years, and the Kansas City Royals are taking notice of the potential history unfolding in front of them, according to an article by Dick Kaegel and Vinnie Duber for the team's website.
"It would be a phenomenal thing if Miguel Cabrera could do it," said Royals manager Ned Yost, according to the report. "It's extremely difficult to do, to be the complete hitter, to be a run producer in terms of RBIs, to be a power hitter in terms of home runs and then to lead the league in average.
"I don't know when the next time we'll see it happen again is. These next few days are going to be real interesting to see what happens."
With two more hits and two RBIs during Tuesday's 4-2 Kansas City victory, Cabrera leads the American League in all three of the Triple Crown categories, with a batting average of .331, 44 home runs and 139 RBI. The last player to complete the feat was Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox in 1967.
Billy Butler, designated hitter for the Royals, said in the article that "you're watching him as a fan," even from the opposing dugout:
"Whenever you're watching him, you're watching him as a fan, even me going up against him. Of course, we want to get him out and everything like that, but you just realize that guy's really good. You just become a fan watching him because he's so good."