The first baseman of the Toronto Blue Jays, Vladimir Guerrero Jr, came to the majors as a highly publicized prospect with a Hall of Fame name. In 2021, it is making a name for itself.
Guerrero’s great season has the Blue Jays chasing the AL Wild Card and Guerrero in the AL MVP race against the Japanese. Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels. One thing that might tip the balance in your favor: a Triple Crown:
While batting average, home runs, and RBIs may not have the same resonance they once did, it is still a great achievement for a player to lead the American League or the National League in all three categories, especially in this era of 30 teams featuring a broad and international pool of talents.
Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera (2012 Detroit Tigers) is the only player to do so for the past 53 seasons, but Guerrero, who has drawn some comparisons to Miggy, has a chance. Here’s a look at their progress, as well as some historical context:
Where it stands:
• Batting average: .319, first in the American League (four points ahead of Michael Brantley of the Houston Astros).
• Home runs: 42, tied for second in the American League (one behind Shohei Ohtani).
• RBIs: 100, fourth in the American League (four behind Cuban first baseman José Abreu and Venezuelan catcher Salvador Pérez).