If we really wanted to geek out, we could say the triple crown should be WAR/OPS+/wRC+, but the triple-slash triple crown of BA/OBP/SLG is a bit more palatable to the above average fan.
Triple-Slash Triple Crown winners since 1965:
1966 Frank Robinson .316/.410/.637
1967 Carl Yastrzemski .326/.418/.622
1979 Fred Lynn .333/.423/.637
1980 George Brett .390/.454/.664
1999 Larry Walker .379/.458/.710
2000 Todd Helton .372/.463/.698
Barry Bonds did it in 2002 and 2004, but forget him.
Larry Walker was not unnoticed in 1999. He started in the All-Star Game. He won his 5th Gold Glove and 3rd Silver Slugger. For crying out loud, he already won the MVP award in 1997. Why was he 10th in MVP Voting? Who was ahead of him, and why? These were crazy times for stats. Mark McGwire hit 65 HR's and finished 5th (?) in MVP voting. Greg Vaughn was 4th (?) Sammy Sosa hit 63 HR's and finished 9th. Let's look at Wins Above Replacement. Larry Walker ranked 28th in Fangraphs WAR and 21st by Baseball-Reference WAR. Well, anyway, I was surprised.
Who's likely to be the next player to reach the triple-slash triple crown? Albert Pujols has been knocking on the door. If Hanley Ramirez keeps getting stronger, or if Carlos Gonzalez learns to take a walk, they could get in the picture. Who else could do it some day? Do you think it's more likely that no current Major Leaguer will ever do it? Comments below, thanks again...
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