While most of the MLB world has been following Aaron Judge’s home run chase, he has quietly slid himself into the top slot in the AL batting title race. Judge entered Thursday night’s games with a .317 batting average, one point ahead of Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who is hitting .316.
If Judge were to capture the AL batting title, that would mean he would take the Triple Crown. Judge currently leads the AL by 23 in home runs, and by 13 in runs batted in. The third piece of the Triple Crown puzzle would be batting average, and if Judge can hang on in that category, he will become the MLB’s first Triple Crown winner since Miguel Cabrera accomplished the feat in 2012.
Before Cabrera won it ten years ago, the last player to do so was Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski, way back in 1967.
“Wow, what Aaron Judge is doing is incredible,” Cabrera told ESPN’s Marly Rivera. “It is so exciting to see what he is doing, and the way he is absolutely dominating almost every offensive category this season. I think his season is going to be remembered as one of the best in baseball history. I hope that Judge becomes the next Triple Crown winner, and I hope he wins the MVP.”
Cabrera and Yastrzemski won the MVP award when they were Triple Crown winners, and both times it wasn’t even close.
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If Judge were to capture the Triple Crown this year he would become the first player ever to hit 60 home runs and win the Triple Crown in the same season.