We know Aaron Judge is in contention for the Triple Crown, now second to Luis Arraez in the American League batting, .315 to .313, while he leads MLB in homers and AL in RBI.
We know he will be the first player to win the Triple Crown in one season with more than 60 home runs.
But do we know he can also win the third straight crown in the AL/NL? Let us explain.
Let’s start with: the three crowns (usually)
That’s not to say any disrespect to the Triple Crown at all, of course. This is not an easy task. In more than 11,500 qualified batting seasons from 1920, when RBI became official, through 2021, there were only 12 seasons in which a player led at least one league in batting average, homers and runs scored.
2012: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (AL)
1967: Carl Yastrzemski, 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 (NL)
1934: Lou Gehrig, Yankees (AL)*
1933: Jimmie Foxx, game (AL)
1933: Chuck Klein, Phillies (NL)
1925: Rogers Hornsby, Cardinal (NL)*
1922: Rogers Hornsby, Cardinal (NL)
Lead all AL/NL players in all three categories
Miggy won three crowns in 2012
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Miggy won three crowns in 2012
It’s already a select group, but the three divisions are not the end of the line, offensively. Judge, for example, at least leads the AL in many other categories as well. Who? I’m glad you asked.
And then there is… Four Triple Crowns
Judge at least leads the AL in home runs with 11, among others, which will be 12 if he regains the lead in the batting title. Four times three equals twelve, hence the Quadruple Triple crown. The 12 variables are: home runs, RBIs, batting average, runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, walks, extra-base hits, total bases, wRC+ and WAR, per FanGraphs, among positions Player.
Again, Judge is currently leading the league in all of these, save batting average. Although the Triple Crown is intended to cover a wide range of effects – hitting for average and power when running – it takes it further, adding more offensive and measuring factors it in different ways. Of course, there are endless combinations and permutations of stats, but those are ours for the purpose here. In 12 Triple Crowns, all of those players led at least their league in slugging percentage, OPS, and total bases. Therefore, each is at least six crowns. While the judge is competing for four or duodecuple crowns, here are the previous twelve crowns. And maybe we’ll learn some new words along the way. Seven-time crown: 2012 Miguel Cabrera
In his memorable campaign, Cabrera led at least the AL in seven of our teams – the top six, plus hits. He is second in points (109, Mike Trout fell to 129) and wRC+ (166, Trout 167), tied for second in WAR (7.3, Trout 10.1), fourth in on-base percentage (. 393, Joe Mauer .416) in the 17th round (66, Adam Dunn 105). Octuple Crown: None
Unbeaten crown: 1933 Jimmie Foxx, 1934 Lou Gehrig
Foxx and Gehrig each scored nine in the category, coming up just three short. Foxx led the AL in everything but runs, walks and on-base percentage. He was second in both home runs (125, Gehrig led with 138) and on-base percentage (.449, Mickey Cochrane .459), and fourth in walks (96, Babe Ruth 114). In his 34-year crown, Gehrig finished second in walks (109, Foxx 111) and extra-base hits (95, Hank Greenberg 96), and tied for third in runs scored (128, Charlie Gehringer 135). Ten-time crown: 1925 Rogers Hornsby, 1933 Chuck Klein, 1937 Joe Medwick, 1956 Mickey Mantle
These four players are getting close, leading their competition by 10 minutes – just two less. Hornsby finished second in two stats: runs (133, Kiki Cuyler and 144) and walks (83, Jack Fournier 86). In 33, Kleen 122 Collections are tied in the second (101, Martin 122) and equal the sixth line (56, MLA ott 75). Midwick arrived of three as percent (0.414, Dol Camili .446) and movement (41, OT 102). It was a step in OBP that also kept Mantle out of the top 12, finishing second in each (.464 OBP, Williams .479; 112 walks, Eddie Yost 151).