Triple Milestones – 2012

Triple Milestones – 2012

 

 

 

By Bill Gilbert

 

 

 

      Offensive production in the major leagues was mixed in 2012.  The number of runs and home runs per game both increased in 2012 after reaching 20-year lows in 2011.  Batting average was the same as in 2011 but on-base average dropped to .319, the lowest figure since the 1980s.  However slugging average increased from .399 in 2011 to .405 in 2012

 

 

 

Year  Runs/Game HR/Game  BAVG   OBA    SLG    OPS     Triple Milestone Hitters

 

—-  ——— ——-  —-   —-   —-   —     ————————

 

1990     8.51     1.58   .258  .324   .386   .710                 2

 

1991     8.62     1.61   .255  .323   .384   .707                 3

 

1992     8.23     1.44   .256  .322   .377   .699                 2

 

1993     9.20     1.78   .266  .332   .404   .736                 5

 

1994     9.85     2.07   .270  .339   .424   .763                 3

 

1995     9.69     2.02   .267  .338   .417   .755                 8

 

1996    10.07     2.19   .270  .340   .427   .767                21

 

1997     9.53     2.05   .267  .337   .419   .756                 7

 

1998     9.58     2.08   .266  .335   .420   .755                14

 

1999    10.17     2.28   .271  .345   .434   .779                19

 

2000    10.28     2.34   .271  .345   .437   .782                26

 

2001     9.55     2.25   .264  .332   .427   .759                21

 

2002     9.24     2.09   .261  .331   .417   .748                12

 

2003     9.46     2.14   .264  .332   .422   .754                 8

 

2004     9.63     2.25   .266  .335   .428   .763                12

 

2005     9.18     2.06   .265  .330   .419   .749                10

 

2006     9.72     2.22   .269  .336   .432   .768                13

 

2007     9.59     2.04   .268  .336   .423   .759                 8 

 

2008     9.30     2.01   .264  .333   .417   .750                 7

 

2009     9.23     2.02   .262  .333   .418   .751                 6

 

2010     8.77     1.90   .257  .325   .403   .728                 6

 

2011     8.57     1.87   .255  .321   .399   .720                 7

 

2012     8.64     2.03   .255  .319   .405   .724                 4

 

 

 

      Home runs were up in 2012 as several power hitters emerged.  Six players hit 40 or more home runs in 2012 compared to two in 2011. The 30 home run level was reached by 27 players in 2012 compared to 24 in 2011 and 18 in 2010. 

 

      A useful indicator for tracking offense is the number of players who hit for both power and average by achieving a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in.  A record 26 players reached all three milestones in 2000, but that figure has dropped significantly in recent years. Only four players reached all three milestones in 2012, the lowest since 1994, as 23 of the players with 30+ home runs failed to reach 100 RBIs and bat .300. Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Braun were the only players who made it in both 2011 and 2012. 

 

 

  Joining Cabrera and Braun in the .300-30-100 club were Adrian Beltre and Prince Fielder.  It was the second time for Beltre and the first time for Fielder, bringing the total to 171 players who have registered at least one .300-30-100 season starting with Babe Ruth in 1920.

 

 

 

      Following is a listing of players who achieved triple milestones in 2012.

 

 

 

Player           Times  BAVG-HR-RBI         Comments

 

American

 

Miguel Cabrera     6    .330-44-139  Won the AL Triple Crown.

 

Adrian Beltre      2    .321-36-102  Last time was in 2004.

 

Prince Fielder     1    .313-30-108  Had .299-38-120 in 2011.

 

National

 

Ryan Braun         3    .319-41-112  Also stole 30 bases..

 

 

 

 

 

      Four players achieved triple milestones in 2011 but fell short in 2012:

 

                            2011           2012

 

   Player        Times  BAVG-HR-RBI    BAVG-HR-RBI    

 

Paul Konerko       3    .300-31-105    .298-26-75

 

Jose Bautista      1    .302-43-103    .241-27-63 

 

Jacoby Ellsbury    1    .321-32-105    .271- 4-26

 

Matt Kemp          1    .324-39-126    .303-23-69

 

Troy Tulowitzki    1    .302-30-105    .287- 8-27

 

 

 

All but Konerko missed significant playing time with injuries.        

 

 

 

      Billy Butler of the Royals came close to Triple Milestones with.313-29-107.

 

 

 

      The following list contains the names of players, active in 2012, who have had multiple .300-30-100 seasons in the past but have not done it in the last three years.  Many have been limited by injuries. Some are still very productive players like David Ortiz and Matt Holliday, but not at the same level they were in their peak years.  Since this list was started in 2004, not one player has come back with another .300-30-100 season.

 

                                 Last

 

                .300-30-100  .300-30-100 

 

Player            Seasons       Season       2012     Comments

 

Alex Rodriguez       8           2008    .272-18-57   Another injury filled year.

 

Todd Helton          5           2003    .238- 7-37   Severe decline continues.

 

Chipper Jones        5           2001    .287-14-62   Still productive in final year.

 

Jason Giambi         4           2002    .225- 1- 8   Not much left.

 

Lance Berkman        3           2006    .259- 2- 7   Lost season due to injuries.

 

David Ortiz          3           2007    .318-23-60   Lone bright spot for Red Sox.

 

Mark Teixeira        3           2008    .251-24-84   Has become a .250 hitter.

 

Jim Thome            2           2002    .252- 8-25   Still adding to home run total.

 

Aramis Ramirez       2           2004    .300-27-105  Almost made it.

 

Travis Hafner        2           2006    .228-12-34   Not enough for a DH.

 

Vernon Wells         2           2006    .230-11-29   Continues to disappoint.

 

Matt Holliday        2           2007    .295-27-102  Came close in 2012.

 

Aubrey Huff          2           2008    .192- 1- 7   Looks like end of the line.

 

David Wright         2           2008    .306-21-93   Good enough for big contract.

 

 

 

      In his 1988 Baseball Abstract, Bill James referred to triple

 

milestone seasons as "Hall of Fame Seasons".  This was because all of the

 

eligible players with 5 or more triple milestone seasons had been

 

elected to the Hall of Fame.  This correlation was broken in 2011 when Juan Gonzalez and Jeff Bagwell fell short of election in their first year of eligibility.

 

 

 

            The Detroit Tigers had two players with triple milestones in 2012.  Twenty nine of the thirty major league teams have now had at least one triple milestone hitter since the year 2000. Kansas City has not had a triple milestone hitter since Danny Tartabull in 1991, but Billy Butler came close in 2012.    

 

 

 

      Five minor league players also recorded triple milestone seasons in 2012 including two who finished the season in the major leagues. 

 

 

 

Player            Team (Level)      Organization     Age   BAVG-HR-RBI  

 

 

 

Darin Ruf         Reading (AA)       Philadelphia      25   .317-38-104

 

                  Philadelphia (NL)                         .333- 3- 10

 

                                                            .318-41-114

 

 

 

Will Myers        NW Arkansas (AA)   Kansas City       21   .343-13- 30

 

                  Omaha (AAA)                               .304-24- 79

 

                                                            .307-37-109

 

 

 

Jedd Gyorko       San Antonio (AA)    San Diego        23   .262- 6- 17

 

                  Tucson                                    .328-24- 83

 

                                                            .311-30-100

 

 

 

John Lindsey      Laguna      (MEX)   Detroit          35   .341-21- 64

 

                  Toledo      (AAA)                         .270-15- 47

 

                                                            .310-36-111

 

 

 

Anthony Rizzo     Iowa       (AAA)    Chicago Cubs     22   .342-23- 62

 

                  Chicago     (NL)                          .285-15- 48

 

                                                            .310-38-110

 

     

 

      No college players achieved triple milestones in 2012             

 

      Pitchers also strive for triple milestones – 20 wins, 200 strikeouts and an ERA under 3.00. Three pitchers made it in 2012, the most since 1974, The three who made it in 2012 are:

 

 

 

Pitcher                 Wins-Strikeouts-ERA

 

 

 

Gio Gonzalez                 21-207-2.89

 

R. A. Dickey                 20-230-2.73

 

David Price                  20-205-2.56

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw both made it in 2011 but fell short in wins in 2012.  The three who made it in 2012 all accomplished it for the first time.

 

 

 

      A complete list of hitters with triple milestone seasons since 1920 can be found at Baseball-Almanac, with the following link.

 

 

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/legendary/triple_milestones.shtml

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