Hamilton: Triple Crown makes Miggy the MVP

Hamilton: Triple Crown makes Miggy the MVP

OAKLAND -- Tigers third base Miguel Cabrera is closing in on the American League Triple Crown and there has been some debate about how important it is.

The debate mainly centers around whether Cabrera or Angels outfielder Mike Trout deserves the AL Most Valuable Player Award. Josh Hamilton, who was a Triple Crown threat at one point this season, is on Cabrera's side.

"Come on, it's the Triple Crown," Hamilton said. "It hasn't been done in how many years? If he doesn't win Most Valuable Player, I'm going to have to quit baseball. Mike Trout -- Rookie of the Year, Cabrera -- Most Valuable Player. Just how infrequently it happens tells you the value if it. I'm excited about it. It's good for the game, it's good for Miguel, it's good for the Tigers, it's good for baseball, period."

Hamilton led the AL with 130 RBIs in 2008 and won the batting title with a .359 average in 2010. He appeared to be a Triple Crown candidate early in the season after being named AL Player of the Month for April and May. But he went into Tuesday's game hitting .286 with 43 home runs and 127 RBIs while Cabrera was hitting .329 with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs.

"I still had a pretty good year," Hamilton said. "Just think if I hadn't taken off June and July. We'll work on that next year."