Young stud Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. finds himself in the thick of the hunt for one of baseball’s rarest feats: the triple crown. To win the triple crown, a player must lead his respective league in home runs, RBI, and batting average for the season. Guerrero just might win it this year in the American League.
The batting triple crown has only been achieved 18 times in the roughly 152 years of professional baseball. The last time was in 2012, when current newly minted 500 Home Run Club member Miguel Cabrera won it with the Tigers. Before Miggy, it had not been achieved since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967.
The Blue Jays first baseman overtook Shohei Ohtani for the AL (and MLB) home run lead last night when he hit a laser over the fence from his shoe tops at 113.9 MPH. He now has 45 homers. He also leads the AL in batting average with .318 and is sitting at third on the RBI leaderboard with 103, just four shy of Jose Abreu’s MLB-leading 107.
With 18 games left in the Blue Jays season, Vlad is showing no signs of slowing down. He has hit five home runs in his last seven games. The opponents left on his team’s schedule are a mixture of bottom-dwellers (Orioles, Twins) and formidable division rivals (Rays, Yankees). One thing is for sure, this has all the makings of a fun finish.
By Jordan Miesse