Former Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski thinks that being in a pennant race will help Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in his attempt to win the Triple Crown.
And Yaz should know: He’s the last player to lead his league in batting average, homers and RBIs in the same season.
“In ’67, the Triple Crown was never even mentioned once,” Yastrzemski said Wednesday night.
“We were so involved in the pennant race, I didn’t know I won the Triple Crown until the next day, when I read it in the paper.”
Yastrzemski batted .326 with 44 homers and 121 RBIs in 1967. Cabrera’s Tigers are in first place in the A.L. Central, a game ahead of the White Sox.
“One thing that’s going to help him is he’s in a pennant race,” Yastrzemski added.
Baseball had a Triple Crown winner every five years or so in its early days, and it never went more than 10 years without one since the RBI became an official stat in 1920.
Frank Robinson won one in ’66, Mickey Mantle in ’56 and Ted Williams won a pair in ’42 and ’47. So when Yaz won his a year after Robinson, few considered the possibility that it would be another 45 years before there would be another.
“I thought somebody would win it a long time ago,” Yastrzemski said. “Somebody’s got to do it.”
Fenway fans celebrate stars
The Red Sox honored some of their great players on the field as members of the “All Fenway Park Team.”
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and designated hitter David Ortiz were the only players from this year’s team on the 40-man roster. Also among the two dozen attending the ceremony were Yastrzemski, Fred Lynn, Carlton Fisk, Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens.
Wright alone atop Mets hits record
David Wright has the most hits in New York Mets history.
The slugger reached on an infield single in the third inning against Pittsburgh for his 1,419th hit, snapping a tie with Ed Kranepool atop the team’s career list. Wright accomplished the feat in 1,256 games starting in 2004.
Clearing the bases
Orioles left-handed pitcher Randy Wolf was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his left elbow. … Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said he intends to return in 2013 to play out his contract.