the past five years, an average of 10 players had seasons where they reached the
milestones of a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. At the midway
point of the 2008 season, only two players are on target to reach all three
milestones, Lance Berkman (.364-21-67) and Josh Hamilton (.312-19-79). However, an unusually high number of
players are close to reaching all three and several of them will probably heat
up in the second half to get there.
on target, a player needs to be at .300-15-50 at the midway point. A player is considered close if he is at
.285-13-45. As of June 29, a total
of 20 players fall in this category.
Kevin Youkilis .313-13-50
of these players (Pujols, Jones, Rodriguez) are behind on counting stats because
of time missed due to injuries.
Pujols has hit triple milestones in each of his seven seasons and will
have to step up his RBI production to make it in 2008.
others on the list (Uggla, Quentin, Bradley, Ludwick, Hart, Kinsler, Youkilis)
are in unfamiliar territory and it will be interesting to see if their strong
performance in the first half will carry over to the second
put the difficulty in achieving triple milestones in perspective, Kirk Gibson,
in his illustrious career which included an MVP season, never once hit any of
the three milestones.
Bill Gilbert is a baseball analyst
and writer and member of the Society for American Baseball Research