This season may be a prime example of that. While Cabrera's numbers are better than last year at this point, Chris Davis may prevent him from winning the title in back to back seasons. Does that diminish the historic pace that Cabrera has established this year? Not in the least.
Through 116 games in 2012, Cabrera was hitting .323-29-99, with an on base percentage of .386 and a slugging percentage of .579.
This season, his numbers are .360-40-120. His on base percentage is a lofty .452 and his slugging percentage is .689.
Yet, if Chris Davis doesn't slow down (he leads Cabrera by five home runs), and indications are that he might not, Cabrera would have to settle for his third consecutive batting title, while leading the league in RBI's in three of the last four years.
What separates Cabrera from Davis, and many other hitters for that fact, is consistency. Cabrera has put up similar numbers for a decade now. His statistics compare favorably to those of Albert Pujols through his first 10 seasons.
Does the triple Crown define Cabrera's remarkable season? No.
It would however place him in rare air if he were to accomplish something that has never been done before in the deep history of the game. Ted Williams never did it. Nor did Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson or Rogers Hornsby.
That in itself is worth Cabrera's weight in gold.