Miguel Cabrera Clubs 3 Home Runs as Rangers Defeat Tigers 11-8

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIMay 20, 2013

MLB crowned its first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 when Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera hit for 44 home runs and 139 RBI on a batting average of .330 last season.

In 2013, Cabrera is picking up where he left off.

The Texas Rangers may have won 11-8, but it was Cabrera who shone Sunday night with three home runs.

I think that's good.

Cabrera finished the day at 4-for-4 with three home runs, five RBI and four runs scored. Even as his team lost, it's hard to place blame on a player who put on one of the best performances you'll see all season.

In fact, his individual outing was one for the record books.

This is one of those games where you can't help but ask, "How did they lose?"

As one might expect, the Twittersphere erupted in praise of Cabrera, the general consensus being that he is the best hitter in the world.

Is there a rational argument against such belief?

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, quite the well-rounded player in his own regard, kept it short and sweet. Cabrera is pretty good.

Just a little bit.

Washington Nationals right fielder and potential MVP candidate Bryce Harper wasn't so modest about his praise. The second-year player spoke it how we know it to be.

If you can find a player who matches Cabrera, we'll listen.

When it comes right down to it, there are only so many words that can describe what Cabrera does as a hitter. Not only is he one of the best at making contact, but he's an elite deep-ball threat who appears to be the class of the American League in every statistical area.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports put it best:

After Sunday night, there's only one thing that Cabrera deserves—our admiration.