Since the All-Star break, no talk of a Possible Triple Crown Winner In MLB this season it has mainly centered around baseball player All Cardinals and National League favorite Paul Goldschmidt. But as we reach the final weeks of the regular season, the Yankees’ Slugger Team has become Aaron Judge Who is better placed than Goldschmidt to become only the eleventh player in AL/NL history to lead his league in hitting averages, home runs, and RBIs (since RBIs became an official stat in 1920).
The judge was getting the headlines primarily for him Chasing the record for one season at home Out of 61, Roger Maris put it 61 years ago. Judge Two more carrier pigeons slammed On Sunday against the Brewers, he raised his season total to 59, putting him on edge to become only the sixth man to reach 60 or more crawlers in a single season. But as his run on the Maris tag continues, Judge also finds himself just two points shy of the battering average in leading the league in all categories of the Triple Crown.
With Sunday’s 4 for 5 in Milwaukee, Judge raised his hitting average to 0.316, which is tied for second in the AL with Red Sox Shortstop Xander Bogaerts behind Twins’ Luis Arraez, who hits 0.317. Needless to say, Judge leads all baseball in the homers — he’s got 20 more than Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber, who is second in the MLB — and RBIs (he leads Judge Majors with 127).
Here’s a breakdown of where the judge stands in his bid for the first triple crown since Miguel Cabrera in 2012, and the thirteenth in AL/NL history:
Sunday stats: 4 vs 5, 2 HR, 4 RBIs
Last 10 matches: 19 vs. 38 (.500), 4 hours, 9 RBIs
Next match: Tuesday vs the pit, 7:05 p.m. ET
average strokes: .316 – T-2nd with Xander Bogaerts (Commander: Luis Arraez, .317)
home runs: 59 – the first
Strikes in points: 127 – First
These are the all-time greats that Judge will join if he succeeds in this feat. Since the RBIs became official in 1920, only 10 different AL/NL players have won the Triple Crown, with winners being multiple times. There was only one triple crown in the era of divisions (since 1969).
2012: Miguel Cabrera, Tiger (AL)
1967: Karl Jastrzemsky, Red Sox (AL)
1966: Frank Robinson, Orioles (AL)
1956: Mickey Mantle, Yankees (AL) *
1947: Ted Williams, Red Sox (AL)
– 1942: Ted Williams, Red Sox (AL) *
1937: Joe Medwick, Cardinals (Netherlands)
1934: Lou Gehrig, Yankees (AL) *
1933: Jamie Foxx, Athletics (AL)
1933: Chuck Klein, Velez (Netherlands)
– 1925: Rogers Hornsby, Cardinals (Netherlands) *
1922: Rogers Hornsby, Cardinals (Netherlands)
* = Led all AL/NL players in the three categories
Note: Six players led the AL or NL in all Triple Crown categories before RBI became an official stat.
In the seasons since Cabrera won the Triple Crown in 2012, several hit stars have been chasing the Triple Crown — including Vladimir Guerrero Jr. just last year. Here are five fresh graduate players.
• Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (2021, AL): Vlad Jr.’s Triple Crown boost was a big story MVP against eventual winner Shohei Ohtani, but although he tied for the AL Championship with 48, he finished second in the middle strikes (.311, behind Yuli Gurriel’s .319.) and fifth in the RBIs. (111, 10 behind league leaders Salvador Perez).
• Marcel Ozuna (2020, NL): Ozuna led in home runs and RBIs during the short season, but his .338 average put him third, behind Juan Soto (.351) and Braves teammate Freddy Freeman (.341).
• Christian Willich (2018, NL): Yeli’s NL MVP campaign for the Brewers featured batting titles and tight misses in the homers (36, two behind Nolan Arenado) and RBIs (110, one behind Javier Báez).
• J.D. Martinez (2018, AL): Martinez was the AL RBI Champion and finished second in both hosts (43, five behind Chris Davis) and hitting average (0.330, 16 points behind fellow Red Sox Mookie Betts).
• Miguel Cabrera (2013, AL): Meiji nearly won two back-to-back triplex titles, taking the batting title, but finished with nine fortunes and one RBI behind the Orioles bassist Chris Davis.
Three things to know about the Judge’s Triple Crown . hunt
• The judge will become the third player in History of the Yankees Floors To win the Triple Crown, join legends Lou Gehrig (1934) and Mickey Mantle (1956). Three players to win the Triple Crown will be the most for any major league franchise – the Cardinals (Joe Medwick and Rogers Hornsby) and the Red Sox (Ted Williams and Karl Jastrzemsky) are the other teams with multiple winners.
• If the judge wins the Triple Crown this year, it will be 100 years after Hornsby won the first Triple Crown in AL/NL history in 1922.
• Unless Goldschmidt can win the NL Triple Crown, the Judge Triple Crown would extend the AL Series for Triple Crowns since the last title was won in the NL to seven. The last time an NL player won the Triple Crown was 85 years ago, when the Cardinals Medwick won it in 1937.