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Aaron Judge Triple Crown watch: Updated stats for Yankees superstar seeking second Triple Crown since 1967

As the MLB season winds down, all eyes are on the Bronx as Aaron Judge seeks milestone after milestone.

The Yankees outfielder is already at 60 home runs and counting, but he’s also looking for another exceptional rare achievement: The Triple Crown. Just one Triple Crown has been won since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, with Miguel Cabrera achieving the feat in 2012 with the Detroit Tigers.

Judge has flown onto the Triple Crown scene in a year where it looked like the National League might produce a leader in batting average, home runs, and runs scored. Paul Goldschimdt looked like a real threat in St. Louis, but he’s now off Kyle Schwarber’s home run pace.

Judge already has two categories — home runs and RBIs — all but locked up. He’s now fighting with Luis Arraez of the Twins and Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox for the batting average title. He’s currently tied with Bogaerts for the league lead.

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Here’s what to know about Judge’s court with history.

What is the Triple Crown?

For those not in the know, the Triple Crown is when a player leads either the American or National League in batting average, home runs, and RBIs.

The feat is exceptionally rare, particularly in modern baseball, where contact is often sacrificed in favor of launch angle. 

While the Triple Crown used to less rare, it is nearly unheard of in today’s game. Cabrera won MVP in 2012 with a batting average of .330, 44 home runs, and 139 RBIs. The latter two stats led baseball.

Before Cabrera, the most recent player to win the award was Yastrzemski, who batted .326 with 44 home runs and 121 RBIs.

How close is Aaron Judge to a Triple Crown?

Judge has the home run and RBI races all but locked up, as he has an insurmountable lead over Yordan Alvarez in the home run category and a sizable one over Jose Ramirez in RBIs.

Where the race is tighter is in batting average, where he is edging out Arraez and Bogaerts. Indeed, it’s shocking Judge is even in this position, given that his batting average was down to .282 as recently as July. Judge’s torrid pace has him back in a position to reach yet another peak in what is almost inarguably the best contract year in MLB history.

Judge is now hitting .366 from Aug. 1 to Thursday, which has contributed to his overall average of .317.

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AL home run leaders

Player Team Total
Aaron Judge New York Yankees 60
Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros 37
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels 36
Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels 34
Anthony Rizzo New York Yankees 31

AL RBI leaders

Player Team Total
Aaron Judge New York Yankees 128
Jose Ramirez Cleveland Guardians 115
Kyle Tucker Houston Astros 102
Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros 94
Adolis Garcia Texas Rangers 94

AL batting average leaders

Player Team AVG
Aaron Judge New York Yankees .317
Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox .317
Luis Arraez Minnesota Twins .313
Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox .308
Nathaniel Lowe Texas Rangers .307

Judge’s biggest threat now is, of course, Bogaerts, who has been near the top of the leaderboard all season.

Miguel Cabrera

Who has won the Triple Crown?

Since MLB finally added Negro League records to the MLB record books, the list of Triple Crown winners has expanded, but the feat is still exceptionally rare.

There have been 18 Triple Crown winners in MLB history, with Rogers Hornsby and Ted Williams being the only players to have done it twice.

Year Player Team League HR RBI AVG
2012 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers AL 44 139 .330
1967 Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox AL 44 121 .326
1966 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles AL 49 122 .316
1956 Mickey Mantle New York Yankees AL 52 130 .353
1947 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox AL 32 114 .343
1942 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox AL 36 137 .356
1937 Joe Medwick St. Louis Cardinals NL 31 154 .374
1934 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees AL 49 165 .363
1933 Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Athletics AL 48 163 .356
1933 Chuck Klein Philadelphia Phillies NL 28 120 .368
1925 Rogers Hornsby St. Louis Cardinals NL 39 143 .403
1922 Rogers Hornsby St. Louis Cardinals NL 42 152 .401
1912 Heinie Zimmerman Chicago Cubs NL 14 104 .372
1909 Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers AL 9 107 .377
1901 Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Athletics AL 14 125 .426
1894 Hugh Duffy Boston Beaneaters NL 18 145 .440
1887 Tip O’Neill St. Louis Browns AA 14 123 .435
1878 Paul Hines Providence Grays NL 4 50 .358

Of those on the list, only Heinie Zimmerman, Tip O’Neill, and Paul Hines are not in the Hall of Fame. O’Neill, for his part, is part of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Cabrera, of course, is not a Hall of Famer but has a one-way ticket to Cooperstown upon his retirement.

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Yankees remaining schedule

Here’s a look at who the Yankees have for the remainder of the season.

Date Opponent Ballpark
September 22 Red Sox Yankee Stadium
September 23 Red Sox Yankee Stadium
September 24 Red Sox Yankee Stadium
September 25 Red Sox Yankee Stadium
September 26 Blue Jays Rogers Centre
September 27 Blue Jays Rogers Centre
September 28 Blue Jays Rogers Centre
September 30 Orioles Yankee Stadium
October 1 Orioles Yankee Stadium
October 2 Orioles Yankee Stadium
October 3 Rangers Globe Life Field
October 4 Rangers Globe Life Field
October 4 Rangers Globe Life Field
October 5 Rangers Globe Life Field


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