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Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown win was a long time coming. 40-five years to be exact.With a .330 batting average, 44 homeruns and 139 runs batted in, Cabrera earned one of the most challenging accomplishments in the sport of baseball.
The Triple Crown is so difficult to accomplish because there’s only a select few players that can strike the right balance between power and contact hitting. And then there’s the elements that are out of those player’s control, like what other players are doing around the league and your teammates in front of you getting on base.
In the last 10 years alone, there have been nine players that have put together remarkable seasons, only to be outdone in one of the Triple Crown’s crucial statistical categories.
Here are the Double Crown winners from the last 10 years and the stat that spoiled their chance at the Triple Crown:
2011 Matt Kemp (LAD): 39 HR, 126 RBI
Missing Stat: .324 BA (League Leader: Jose Reyes, 337)
2010 Albert Pujols (STL): 42 HR, 118 RBI
Missing Stat: .312 BA (League Leader: Carlos Gonzalez, .335)
2009 Mark Teixeira (NYY): 39 HR, 122 RBI
Missing Stat: .292 BA (League Leader: Joe Mauer, .365)
2008 Ryan Howard (PHI): 48 HR, 146 RBI
Missing Stat: .251 BA (League Leader: Chipper Jones .364)
2008 Manny Ramirez (BOS/LAD*): .331, 37 HR
Missing Stat: 121 RBIs (League Leader: Josh Hamilton, 130)
2007 Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 54 HR, 156 RBI
Missing Stat: .314 BA (League Leader: Magglio Ordonez, .363)
2007 Matt Holliday (COL): .340, 137 RBI
Missing Stat: 36 Home runs (League Leader: Prince Fielder, 50)
2006 Ryan Howard (PHI): 58 HR, 149 RBI
Missing Stat: .313 BA (League Leader: Freddy Sanchez, .344)
2005 Andruw Jones (ATL): 51 HR, 128 RBI
Missing Stat: .263 BA (League Leader: Derek Lee, .335)
2002 Alex Rodriguez (TEX): 57 HR, 142 RBI
Missing Stat: .300 BA (League Leader: Manny Ramirez, .349)
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