Game 2012.162: Tigers at Royals
87-74, Central Division Champs
I’ve got to admit, I’m pretty excited about the potential Triple Crown. Here are a few Triple Crown facts for you:
- The Triple Crown has been accomplished 16 times, but none since Carl Yastzremski in 1967. Yastrzemski tied Harmon Killebrew for the HR lead that year with 44. Miggy is the first player since Yastrzemski to enter the final week of the season with a serious chance to win.
- Ty Cobb won the triple crown in 1909 with 9 HR, 107 RB and a .377 average.
- Rogers Hornsby (1922 and 1925) and Ted Williams (1942 and 1947) are the only players to win it twice.
- Every player to have won a Triple Crown is now in the hall of fame.
- 13 of the 16 Triple Crown winners came before 1950, and it happened 8 times between 1922 and 1947.
- No third baseman has ever won the Triple Crown. The breakdown by position is: 1B 2, 2B 3 (Hornsby), LF 5 (including 2 by Williams), CF 3, and RF 3.
- The highest totals per category are 52 HR (Mantle, 1956), 165 RBI (Gehrig 1934) and a .440 average (Duffy, 1894).
- The lowest totals per category are 4 HR (Paul Hines, 1878), 50 RBI (Hines, 1878) and a .316 average (Frank Robinson, 1966).
Latest news is that Cabrera may sit if the Triple Crown is sewn up. Since he has a comfortable lead in BA, I think this is a good idea. Note that if Trout goes 6-6, he’ll mathematically pass Cabrera (.3309 to .3306), so stay tuned. Hamilton starts at 3:35 pm today, Trout starts at 6:40 pm.
I’ll post lineups when they are available.