Triple Crowns for humans and horses

Big Brown may have a much better chance than Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton of attaining a Triple Crown, but Hamilton is having a noteworthy season. In his first season in Texas, Hamilton’s .335 batting average, 12 home runs, and 52 RBi (14 more than the next guy), rank first, tied for first, and first respectively in the American League. The last Triple Crown winner was Carl Yastrzemski of the Red Sox in 1967.

Hamilton has an exceptional amount of talent, and he is also surrounded by some good hitters in the Texas Lineup. Guys like 2B Ian Kinsler, OF Milton Bradley, and SS Michael Young provide Hamilton with plenty of opportunities with men on base. He delivers too, batting .339 with RISP. The odds are certainly stacked against Hamilton to get the Triple Crown. Come season’s end, I think Hamilton could rest upon top of the AL leaderboard in BA and RBI, but he will not get the home run title. Hamilton is not a guy who goes to the plate looking exclusively for home runs (ie. Ryan Howard, David Ortiz, Adam Dunn, anyone tall and strong). Hamilton keeps his strikeout totals at acceptable levels (27 as of now), and will take a walk.

Even if he doesn’t get the Triple Crown this year, the Texas Rangers are certainly improving over past seasons. They are 24-25 and 3rd (not last, shocker) in the AL West. Unfortunately for the Rangers, their offense is the only great aspect of their team. They are currently 3rd in the league (2nd in the AL) in runs scored with 252, but their pitching has given up 270 runs, which is the worst in the majors. It sucks to see their pitching nullify such a potent offense, but at least Texas fans get to watch Hamilton continue his rise to elite status.

While we’re on the topic of Triple Crowns, I might actually watch the Belmont Stakes to see if Big Brown can pull it off. It might be interesting, especially with this horse racing shit-talking happening. So until September, we’ll just see if Josh Hamilton and the Rangers can jockey for position in the AL West. Get it? Jockey? Huh? I’ll go now.

Also, don’t Google Image Search ‘big brown’ with little kids around. Make sure the windows are shut too.

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