The Pursuit of History
It has been more than four decades since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski won baseball’s last Triple Crown, a feat that has only been accomplished 16 times in the history of the game.
Now, 43 years later, Reds’ slugger Joey Votto is trying to become the first to claim the illustrious honor since Yastrzemski did it in 1967.
Currently, Votto leads the National League with a .323 batting average and sits four home runs and six RBI off the pace in the other two Triple Crown categories.
With 37 games remaining, Votto has a chance to catch Cardinal’s first baseman Albert Pujols, who leads the NL in both home runs and RBI.
If Votto were to finish the season as the leader in all three categories, he would be the first player to win the NL Triple Crown since the Cardinal’s Joe Medwick did so in 1937.
Votto would also be the first Red to ever achieve Triple Crown status.
With a .377 batting average, 121 RBI and eight home runs, Reds’ outfielder Cy Seymour finished the 1905 season just one home run shy of the Triple Crown. Ironically it was Seymour’s teammate Fred Odwell who would hit nine that year and deny Seymour of the honor.
When Yastrzemski won the crown in 67, he did it with a .326 average, 44 home runs and 121 RBI.
If Votto is going to win it in 2010, he’s likely going to have to put up numbers close to Yastrzemski’s.
But with so many guys in the game today who hit for power but not for average, (Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder) it makes it harder to claim all three categories, making the feat nearly impossible.
With that being said, MVP candidate Joey Votto has a legitimate chance at staking claim to one of baseball most difficult tasks.