Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pujols wins triple crown

Okay, he has won the triple crown covering the years 2001-2008 in the NL. Here are the top 10 in AVG, HRs, RBIs with a 2000 PA minimum. Once we extend it to 2009, he will still lead in all 3. Maybe some other hitters have done this over a 9 year stretch or longer. Hornsby did for his entire NL career! Ted Williams did it for his entire career! So did Stan Musial! Anybody know who else had a long span triple crown? I will look at obvious choices when I get a chance. Data from the Lee Sinins Complete Baseball Encyclopedia.

AVERAGE
1 Albert Pujols .334
2 Todd Helton .326
3 Barry Bonds .325
4 Matt Holliday .319
5 Chipper Jones .317
6 Larry Walker .316
7 Miguel Cabrera .313
8 David Wright .309
9 Hanley Ramirez .308
10 Moises Alou .304

HOMERUNS
1 Albert Pujols 319
2 Adam Dunn 278
3 Barry Bonds 268
4 Lance Berkman 263
5 Andruw Jones 255
6 Aramis Ramirez 237
7 Pat Burrell 233
T8 Chipper Jones 219
T8 Jim Edmonds 219
10 Derrek Lee 207

RBI
1 Albert Pujols 977
2 Lance Berkman 879
3 Aramis Ramirez 815
4 Andruw Jones 770
T5 Pat Burrell 748
T5 Todd Helton 748
7 Chipper Jones 739
8 Jeff Kent 725
9 Adam Dunn 672
10 Luis Gonzalez 664

Hornsby had a career triple crown while in the NL. He lead the NL in all 3 stats (even with just a 1000 PA minimum) for his entire NL career, from 1915-33. So from 1915-1933, Hornsby lead in AVG, HRs, and RBIs. Maybe someone has said this before but I have not seen it. Here are the top 10

AVG
1 Rogers Hornsby .359 (.35936)
2 Chuck Klein .359 (.35907)
3 Lefty O'Doul .355
4 Paul Waner .346
5 Bill Terry .341
6 Riggs Stephenson .339
7 Babe Herman .332
8 Lloyd Waner .332
9 Kiki Cuyler .330
10 Spud Davis .330

HR
1 Rogers Hornsby 298
2 Cy Williams 247
3 Hack Wilson 238
4 Jim Bottomley 194
5 Chuck Klein 191
6 Mel Ott 176
7 Gabby Hartnett 154
8 George Kelly 148
9 Babe Herman 143
10 Bill Terry 138

RBI
1 Rogers Hornsby 1555
2 Jim Bottomley 1188
3 Pie Traynor 1176
4 Frankie Frisch 1084
5 Hack Wilson 1033
6 George Kelly 1020
7 Charlie Grimm 1015
8 Cy Williams 967
9 Bill Terry 892
10 Edd Roush 891

Now for Ted Williams

AVG
1 Ted Williams .344
2 Joe DiMaggio .322
3 Jimmie Foxx .315
4 Harvey Kuenn .313
5 Dale Mitchell .312
6 Barney McCosky .312
7 Luke Appling .310
8 Hank Greenberg .309
9 Bob Dillinger .308
10 Taffy Wright .308

HR
1 Ted Williams 521
2 Mickey Mantle 320
3 Yogi Berra 318
4 Joe DiMaggio 254
5 Larry Doby 253
T6 Vic Wertz 247
T6 Vern Stephens 247
8 Roy Sievers 243
9 Gus Zernial 237
10 Joe Gordon 228

RBI
1 Ted Williams 1839
2 Yogi Berra 1306
3 Mickey Vernon 1296
4 Vern Stephens 1174
5 Bobby Doerr 1153
6 Joe DiMaggio 1105
7 Vic Wertz 1092
8 Larry Doby 970
9 Mickey Mantle 935
10 Rudy York 922

Now Musial

AVG
1 Stan Musial .331
2 Hank Aaron .320
3 Willie Mays .315
4 Tommy Davis .313
5 Dixie Walker .312
6 Jackie Robinson .311
7 Orlando Cepeda .310
8 Vada Pinson .309
9 Richie Ashburn .308
10 Joe Medwick .305

HR
1 Stan Musial 475
2 Eddie Mathews 422
3 Willie Mays 406
4 Duke Snider 403
5 Gil Hodges 370
6 Ernie Banks 353
7 Ralph Kiner 351
8 Hank Aaron 342
9 Hank Sauer 288
10 Del Ennis 286

RBI
1 Stan Musial 1951
2 Duke Snider 1316
3 Del Ennis 1277
4 Gil Hodges 1274
5 Willie Mays 1179
6 Eddie Mathews 1166
7 Hank Aaron 1121
8 Carl Furillo 1058
9 Bob Elliott 1051
10 Ernie Banks 1026

The following sites also discussed these issues

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20090923_High___Inside__NL_Notes.html

http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/files/newsstand/discussion/goold_albert_pujols_claim_to_a_triple_crown_or_two/

http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/bird-land/bird-land/2009/01/albert-pujols-could-be-close-to-claiming-a-triple-crown-or-two/

2 comments:

Monkey said...

Honus Wagner and Ted Williams also had decade triple crowns.

Pujols is the 4th after those two and Hornsby.

Cyril Morong said...

Thanks! Glad you dropped by. I think I saw something like that about Williams and Wagner at one of the sites I listed at the end.