Only two players in baseball history have won it twice: Rogers Hornsby in 1922 and 1925, and Ted Williams in 1942 and 1947.
“One is pretty special to have. It’s a pretty impressive feat to win it once,” Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said. “So, I’m going to root for Chris to keep rolling. Whether Miggy wins the Triple Crown or not, I don’t think anybody’s going to doubt what kind of a player and hitter he is.”
No one will argue that Cabrera is among the finest right-handed hitters ever to play the game. In most years, 42 homers with a week to play in August would be good enough for the league lead.
Not this year. Cabrera has been in catch-up mode for months behind the man nicknamed “Crush.”
“We don’t worry about him,” Cabrera insisted. “We focus on what we can do here in Detroit.”
Cabrera and Davis haven’t been in touch since the All-Star game, when Detroit’s third baseman had some meaningful words of advice for Davis, who was in the midst of a career year.
“One of the things he told me was, ‘Don’t let the talking heads get to you,”’ Davis said. “Down the stretch everybody is going to compare us and say that this guy is doing this or this guy is doing that. But the biggest thing is to go out there and continue to play. He said, ‘You’re having a great year. You have something to be proud of. It’s not whether you finish with better numbers than I do, because you’ve still had a great year.’ I really appreciated that.”
Davis won’t measure his success in 2013 by the numbers of home runs he hits. He’s more focused on the numbers in the victory column for Baltimore.