Only nine baseball players have won a triple crown in the past 100 years. The last one was 44 years ago in 1967, Carl Yazstremskie.
With three weeks remaining in the season, only one player has a chance of doing it this year – Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp.
Kemp is second in Home runs with 32. He is 2 behind the leader Albert Pujols. He is third in RBI’s with 105, 2 behind the leader Prince Fielder. He is third in batting average at .320, 15 points behind the leader Ryan Braun. For him to come out on top in all three categories is going to be difficult. He has to have a great finish to the year. Over his last 23 games, he is going to have to hit six or seven homers, knock in about 18 RBI’s and bat .350.
Basically, he has to play a lot better than Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun for the next 23 games.
With the play-off teams pretty much decided – Boston, New York, Detroit and Texas in the American League and Philadelphia, Atlanta, Milwaukee, and Arizona in the National League, this might be the most interesting race of all.
My guess is that he’ll finish second in all three categories. Still, I’ll be rooting for him each time I check the box scores before going to sleep.