Showing posts with label Batting Title. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Batting Title. Show all posts


Miguel Cabrera Earns First American League Batting Title

Miguel Cabrera enjoyed a 2-for-4 night to wrap up the American League batting title in his AL Central-Champion Detroit Tigers' 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night.

Cabrera led off the sixth inning with a bloop single to right field before sending a double sailing down the left-field line in his next at bat to clinch the batting crown. I'd like to believe that even if he hadn't gone hitless in his first two at-bats, he would still have finished the game like he's responsible for doing as a team player. Unlike some selfish, stat-padding, batting champs we know.

The 28-year-old first baseman finished the season hitting .344, six points ahead of Texas Rangers outfielder Michael Young and Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, both polishing off the year with a .338 average. Valiant effort, fellas. Cabrera had this to say about his achievement:

"It feels great. I got a couple hits. The only thing I haven't had in my career -- a batting title."


Jose Reyes Wins NL Batting Title, Leaves Game Early

Jose Reyes is your 2011 National League Batting Champion.

The New York Mets shortstop hit a bunt single in the bottom of the first inning of his team's 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, and promptly removed himself from the game to a chorus of boos in order to keep his 2-point lead over Ryan Braun in the NL batting race intact.

Braun, who would have either had to go 3-for-3 or 3-for-4 to edge Reyes, ended up with an 0-for-4 night instead during his Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nice try pal, but we still totally love you. Besides, at least your team is going to the playoffs. Matt Kemp was vying for the batting title as well as the NL Triple Crown a little bit ago, .

Anyway, I'm not too impressed with Reyes' leaving the game early just to call himself the batting champ. Something seems super lame about that. Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson () thinks so as well:


Clayton Kershaw has made quite a compelling case for the National League Cy Young Award.

Winning his 21st game of the season Sunday with a 6-2 Los Angeles Dodgers victory over the San Diego Padres, the lefty all but clinched the NL pitching Triple Crown. He leads the league with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts, with just 54 walks on the season and a 21-5 record, tied with Ian Kennedy for wins. What a badass.


Say It Ain't So, Joe

A faint sucking sound out of MinnesotaJoe Mauer made history Sunday night.

Not the kind of personal milestone a player would like to hit by any means, but the Minnesota Twins catcher found himself going 0-for-6 against Derek Holland and the Texas Rangers in their 5-3, 11-inning win.

After this weekend's series, the two-time batting champ has a career .284 batting average against Rangers pitchers, and is hitting .358 on the season. This drops him to second in the AL batting race behind Seattle Mariners sweet-swinging outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who's batting .363 on the year.


Man Muscles is Official

Man Musces!After going 3-for-5 last night against the New York Yankees (and only a triple shy away from the cycle), Joe Mauer is now eligible to win the batting title. Due to missing the first month of the season with some back pain following kidney surgery during the off season, it took until yesterday to reach the required average of 3.1 at bats per game to officially join the race. Oh, and he hit career high bomb #15 last night. Incredible.

Joe is still dangerously close to hitting .400 this year - as of last night he's still hitting .388 - well above #2 Ichiro Suzuki, who's batting .356 as of Tuesday.

National League leader Hanley Ramirez is sitting at .346.

Former teammate Torii Hunter was right when he predicted what Joe would do when he got his man muscles.


Man Muscles! Mauer Is Almost There

Eye-black hotnessJoe Mauer has enough at bats to earn another American League batting championship, and pretty soon, he'll have enough plate appearances.

After going 3-for-3 with two walks Wednesday afternoon in the Minnesota Twins’ 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals, he spiked his batting average to .392, making him just eight plate appearances short of the 3.1 per game needed to qualify for another batting title.

Mauer, who already made catching-history by earning two AL batting trophies and can do pretty much anything besides rap, has manager Ron Gardnehire on his side.
"If I have anything to do with it, he’ll qualify," the Twins skipper said. "I don’t mind writing his name in there. He’ll get plenty of at-bats."


Why Is Joe Mauer So Badass?

Minnesota Twins backstop and hometown hero Joe Mauer nailed his 11th home run of the season Monday afternoon during a two out, pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning against Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. On his day off. The Sox went on to win the opener of the four-game series 6-5, but Twins fans couldn't help but walk away from the loss with a curious smile on their faces.

It's not like the entire world of baseball wasn't aware that Man Muscles was awesome before this season began. He is, of course, a two-time All-Star, double-time American League batting champ, and all-around nice guy. After completely missing Spring Training and the entire month of April after recovering from offseason kidney surgery and dealing with recurring back pain, Joe is rocking a .444 batting average with 31 runs batted in (breaking Harmon Killebrew's club record of 29 RBI in May of 1961) in just 81 at bats spanning 22 games this year.

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Man Muscles Makes History

Even after going 0-for-3 in regular game #163, Minnesota Twins backstop Joe Mauer has earned his second American League batting title.

Man Muscles struck out twice (for just the eighth time this season) and was thrown out in the eighth after bunting the ball like 2 feet. His 0-for night lowered his batting average to .328, just two points ahead of Boston Red Sox midget second baseman Dustin Pedroia, making Mauer the first catcher in either league ever to win two batting titles.

You'd think he'd be pumped about that, but that's not how Joe rolls. He's a team player.
"I'm sure looking back, maybe I can take some positives out and feel good about this year," he said.
Kind of a weak way to end the season, but I still want to have his babies.

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Oh My God, Oh My God, Oh My God, Oh My God

Little did I know at the tender age of 12 -- the year I fell madly in love with Chipper Jones' switch-hitting swing -- I would be lucky enough to see him earn his first batting title, 14 years later.



With a tight race for the American League Batting Title in the works, we thought it would be interesting to see who our readers think will pull ahead in the end.

As it stands today, Ichiro Suzuki leads the AL hitters with a .354 batting average with 11 games left in the Seattle Mariners' regular season.