Everybody around baseball already knew to watch out for Aaron Judge in the race for the American League MVP Award.
This season, the New York Yankees star slugger looks prepared to capture that award for the first time in his career.
But if you thought the Triple Crown wasn’t a possibility, think again.
Judge already leads the American League with 55 home runs and 120 RBI.
To win the Triple Crown, one must lead the league in the two aforementioned categories and in batting average.
Judge is fourth in the AL with a .307 batting average, but he isn’t too far behind Xander Bogaerts, the American League leader.
Aaron Judge Stats Right Now:
55 HR (1st in the AL)
120 RBI (1st in the AL)
.307 AVG (4th in the AL)
He is only .011 points away from being 1st in AVG and having a chance to claim himself a Triple Crown. THE MAN IS SPECIAL 👑 pic.twitter.com/hreNjc5J4b
— 4 Train Savages (@FourSavages) September 11, 2022
Can Judge Win The Triple Crown?
The Triple Crown is a very distinct possibility for Judge.
While he does need to be leading in all three categories, he’s not too far from the top in average.
The last player to win the Triple Crown was Miguel Cabrera, who did it back in 2012.
Since then, nobody has come close.
Judge on the other hand has a decent shot at ultimately taking it.
If he does take it, then he would be the clear-cut favorite for the AL MVP.
If not, Shohei Ohtani will still have a shot at repeating from last season.
But this is when baseball is at its best.
The postseason is near, and while it’s fun to focus on the pennant races, it’s also fun to focus on players’ individual accomplishments.
In this case, Judge is that player that everybody is watching right now.
His historic season has been fun to watch for so many around the game of baseball, not just fans of the Yankees.
We’ll see if he ultimately takes home the Triple Crown.
That would be huge for him as he enters free agency and prepares to receive some big offers.