Just having some fun today with baseball history, I went looking for a list of players who’ve accomplished the feat of having a season in which he held the batting, on-base and slugging titles.
The list is pretty incredible–and exclusive. Rogers Hornsby had seven of these years, though it was mostly dominance of a weak National League. His counterparts in the AL, like Cobb and Ruth, had other batting title champs to worry about, like George Sisler and Eddie Collins.
The thing I found most fascinating was the separation between the tradition triple crown and this one. No players have accomplished the traditional triple crown since 1967 Yaz. In this triple crown, not only has it been accomplished as recently as last year, but there were lots of years filled in. George Brett’s 1980 season and Larry Walker’s 1999 season. Barry Bonds, of course, made the list twice.
Anyway, without further ado, here’s your modern Triple Crown winners:
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I was just having some fun with WAR numbers (Baseball-References’) and decided to add everything up. The results are pretty interesting. You’re uh … you’re gonna wanna read to the bottom.
NATIONAL LEAGUE STARTING LINE-UP
Hanley Ramirez: 2.3
Martin Prado: 2.2
Albert Pujols: 3.4
Ryan Howard: 1.3
Ryan Braun: 1.8
David Wright: 3.9
Andre Ethier: 1.2
Corey Hart: 2.5
Yadier Molina: 0.8
Ubaldo Jimenez: 4.7
AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTING LINE-UP
Ichiro Suzuki: 2.2
Derek Jeter: 1.1
Miguel Cabrera: 3.7
Josh Hamilton: 2.9
Vladimir Guerrero 1.0
Evan Longoria: 3.9
Joe Mauer: 2.1
Robinson Cano: 4.6
Carl Crawford: 3.4
David Price: 3.1
All-Modern Day Deadball All-Stars–hitting by year
The last post got me thinking, what players in the modern day would have thrived in the Deadball era.
Deadball era hitters were known for low home run totals, high batting averages, bad Isolated Discipline (on-base percentage – batting average) and low strike out rates.
I went on Baseball-Reference’s Play Index (jeez is that thing fun to play with) and set the first parameters for career: BA >= .315, OBP >=.370, HR <= 400, minimum 3,000 plate appearances.
The list is surprisingly thin and chock full of first basemen of all things. Turns out a number of them were hurt because of late-career declines, so I scrapped that and started looking under single season for the same parameters, with HR <=20, between 1961-2009 (expansion era).
And that’s when the hits just kept coming.
Here’s what came up (slash stats are batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage/no. of home runs):