When most people think of the Triple Crown, they think of horse racing. However, when a die-hard baseball fan hears the term “Triple Crown,” it means something else entirely. In Major League Baseball, the Triple Crown is an elusive title that has only been claimed seventeen times. It refers to an individual player finishing a season as the leader of the league in three batting categories: batting average, home runs, and runs batted in(RBI).
The MLB Triple Crown is a difficult title to earn because it requires the player to be a complete hitter that possesses strength in multiple areas of batting-skill, strength, and timing. The player must be able to hit the in play frequently in order to have a high batting averages, they must be able to hit the ball long distances in order to hit home runs, and they must be able to drive runners home by hitting when runners are on base. When it comes to runs batted in, there is also a little bit of luck involved as well:if there are no teammates on the base when the player goes up to bat, he can be as accurate and strong as possible, he still won’t get any RBI.
Miguel Cabrera, third baseman for the Detroit Tigers, is the most recent to win the Triple Crown. His 2012 achievement was the first since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. There have been MLB players to receive the triple crown not once but twice, proving their excellence and expertise in batting. Former St. Louis Cardinal Roger Hornsby was the first the achieve the two-time Triple Crown, winning his first in 1922 and again in 1925. The second and last player the earn the achievement twice was Ted Williams with the Boston Red Sox, who won it in 1942 and 1947.
The Triple Crown has became more difficult to achieve and occurs less frequently than it did in the early 1900s. Because of the increase of number in teams from the beginning of MLB, there are more players in the league, creating more competition. Another reason we rarely see a Triple Crown anymore is because rather than focusing on being a batter with strength in every area, players now focus more on specialization in either home runs or batting average.
Because many of today’s fans recently witnessed the Triple Crown being achieved, we wonder if we will ever see it again. Though it is unlikely, nothing in the world of professional sports, especially baseball, is impossible.