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Three things to know about Paul Goldschmidt’s goal of becoming first treble winner in 85 years

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Three things to know about Paul Goldschmidt's goal of becoming first treble winner in 85 years

Three things to know about Paul Goldschmidt’s goal of becoming first treble winner in 85 years

When it comes to the individual accomplishments of the 2022 MLB season, our focus is on New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge and his quest for 61 home runs and St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujo Les and his progression to 700 career home runs. However, it’s time to focus on Puyol’s teammate Paul Goldschmidt and his treble-winning design.

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1. Long time no National League player debuted

For the uninitiated, a hitter’s triple crown is achieved when a player leads the league in batting average, home runs and RBIs in the same season. As you might expect, this is an extremely rare achievement. Here’s a look at who did it:

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YEAR TRIPLE CROWN WINNER LEAGUE
2012 Miguel Cabrera, Tigers American
1967 Carl Yastrzemski, Red Sox American
1966 Frank Robinson, Orioles American
1956 Mickey Mantle, Yankees American
1947 Ted Williams, Red Sox American
1942 Ted Williams, Red Sox American
1937 Joe Medwick, Cardinals National
1934 Lou Gehrig, Yankees American
1933 Jimmie Foxx, Athletics American
1933 Chuck Klein, Phillies National
1925 Rogers Hornsby, Cardinals National
1922 Rogers Hornsby, Cardinals National

As you can see, only 12 hitters in MLB history have won the Triple Crown, and only 10 individual hitters. The last was Miguel Cabrera in 2012, but in the National League for much longer. The last time Medwick did this was 85 years ago, as a cardinal himself. This is a severe drought – much longer than the AL drought that ended Cabrera in 2012. Goldschmidt’s proposal came 100 years after Hornsby completed his first Treble season in 1922.

On a team level, the Cardinals have been tied with the Red Sox in three points for most of their Triple Crown seasons. If the Golden Birds can do well in their efforts, the Cardinals will have four TCs in this particular bunch.

We call it the ultimate triple crown — we define it as leading in two leagues or all MLBs in three notable categories — and only one player has achieved that. That was Mantle in ’56. Goldschmidt has little chance of joining him, thanks in large part to Judge’s huge lead on the MLB home run charts.

Now back to the non-ultimate Triple Crown considerations.

2. Goldschmidt must work in one category

Here’s Goldschmidt’s current NL standings in the three Triple Crown categories:

As for what we’ll call the Ultimate Triple Crown – we’ll define that as leading both leagues, or all of MLB, in the three categories of note – only one player has done that. That was Mantle in ’56. Goldschmidt has almost no chance at joining him, thanks largely to Judge’s huge lead on the MLB home run leaderboard.

And now back to Non-Ultimate Triple Crown considerations.

2. Goldschmidt has work to do in one category
Here’s where Goldschmidt sits on the current NL leaderboards of the three Triple Crown categories:

Batting average

  1. Goldschmidt: .333
  2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers: .327
  3. Jeff McNeil, Mets: .321

RBI

  1. Goldschmidt and Pete Alonso, Mets: 105
  2. Nolan Arenado, Cardinals: 87

Home runs

  1. Kyle Schwarber, Phillies: 36
  2. Goldschmidt: 33
  3. Alonso; Mookie Betts, Dodgers; and Austin Riley, Braves: 31

Bird’s batting lead this season is significant (but not insurmountable) and will depend on his and Alonso’s RBI lead. However, when it comes to home runs, he faces serious challenges. At this level of performance, the difference in triple-home runs is considerable and unlikely to make up the necessary base if Goldschmidt and Schwaber stay healthy on the track.

For example, at FanGraphs, the Zips and Steamer projection systems allow Goldschmidt to hit six more home runs for the remainder of the 2022 regular season. Meanwhile, Schwaber is expected to hit eight more home runs in both systems. Obviously, the projection system could be wrong, but these are reasonable assumptions. While Goldschmidt is pretty strong in batting metrics, Schwaber is even better in 2022 in terms of average exit velocity, optimal launch angle for power generation, and the speed at which he “holds the ball” — also Parking for one of the best players in baseball. All of these things are very important when it comes to hitting a home run. Additionally, Citizens Bank Park boosted the home run rate of left-handed hitters like Schwaber, while Busch Stadium suppressed the home run rate of right-handed hitters like Goldschmidt.

Perhaps calling Golden Bird a true long-range shooter who outsmarts Schwaber in home runs is too much, but his odds are clearly against the odds.

3. Triple Crown would be Goldschmidt’s major career achievement

While Goldschmidt is undoubtedly focused on team goals, especially considering he’s playing on a team with a legitimate World Series design, winning the Triple Crown pretty much guarantees him an NL MVP award (and he’s probably still a leader). Both, in turn, would greatly help him eventually enter the Hall of Fame. Assuming normal declines, the 2022 Triple Crown-MVP combo might be enough to make Goldschmidt a “likely” Hall of Famer. Of course, the Triple Crown is an impressive crown for any hitter, but it could be especially important for Goldschmidt and his later Cooperstown files.

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Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

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Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

Although no more serious negotiations have begun, the Boston Red Sox have noted the interest of other franchises in pitcher Chris Sale and have not ruled out involving him in a possible trade.

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Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that while the Red Stockings are not thinking of trading any of their starters, they may at least listen and consider offers for the members of the rotation, due to many options in the sector.

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However, if the team decides that Ace’s time in Boston is over, Sale can veto his fate and choose where he will go, since the no-trade clause in his contract gives him this possibility.

Should any team decide to take over the pitcher’s contract this offseason, they will secure his services for at least two more years, as Chris Sale becomes a free agent only in 2025.

Known for his excellent left-handedness, the athlete has a considerable history of physical problems. In addition to missing the entire already shortened 2020 season as a result of recovery from Tommy John surgery, Sale also took the field nine times the following year in uneven performances.

This season did not start in good shape for Sale either, who missed the start due to a rib injury during Spring Training. When he was healthy, he played only twice and fractured his little finger during an away game against the New York Yankees in July in his last performance. In addition, he broke his wrist riding a bicycle.

“You can’t make that up, right?” said Chaim Bloom, head of baseball operations for the Sox Kings. “We need to send some people after whoever is with Chris Sale’s voodoo doll and get it back.”

Sale was among the top six nominees for the Cy Young award between 2012 and 2018, receiving seven All-Star Game nominations, one World Series win, recording the record for unblemished innings with three (tied with Sandy Koufax and Max Scherzer) and owns a 5.33 strikeouts-to-walk average, the best mark in league history.

Taking into account his wins, but also the medical issue, Chris Sale will have to prove himself again as an elite pitcher who has made it through the injuries. If so, he is a powerful weapon on the mound, regardless of the uniform he wears.

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Pirates sign veteran pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal

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Pirates sign veteran pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates and left-handed pitcher Rich Hill finalized terms on a one-year, $8 million contract on Tuesday (27), reported Jeff Passan of ESPN USA.

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Hill, 42, will be entering his 19th season in the MLB. He accumulated a 4.27 ERA with 109 strikeouts in 124.1 innings for the Boston Red Sox in 2022. Including, his last stint in Boston was his fourth with the team.

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Since 2015, when the lefty had a “resurgence” period in his career, he has maintained an average of 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings, along with a good 2.91 ERA (140 ERA+) and a 1.06 WHIP in 87 total games.

The veteran pitcher has also played for the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Guardians, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, and New York Mets during his long career.

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The Mariners acquire Wong from the Brewers in exchange for Winker and Toro.

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The Mariners acquire Wong from the Brewers in exchange for Winker and Toro.

The Mariners acquired Kolten Wong from the Brewers on Friday in exchange for outfielder Jesse Winker and infielder Abraham Toro, filling a much-needed left-handed spot in their lineup.

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DETAILS OF THE TRADE

  • 2B for the Mariners Kolten Wong
  • Brewers are awarded: LF/DH INF Jesse Winker Toro, Abraham.

The Mariners will also receive $1.75 million to help offset Wong’s $10 million salary in 2023, when he will be a free agent. Winker is due $8.25 million in his final year before free agency, effectively a money and player swap for Seattle, while Toro is in his first year of arbitration as a Super Two player and won’t be a free agent until until 2026.

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Wong has been a Mariners goal since the team came short of signing him as a free agency ahead of the 2021 season, when Seattle offered a two-year deal but Milwaukee offered a third-year club option, which was the difference at the time, according to sources. The Mariners had inquired about Wong’s availability at the Trade Deadline the previous two seasons, but the competing Brewers were uninterested in moving him.

However, with numerous arbitration-eligible players set to receive raises this offseason, many in the business anticipated that the team might be willing to move some of its higher-priced players for payroll relief, prospect capital, and/or depth. Toro, a switch-hitting infielder with glimpses of good performance, provides longevity for the Brewers’ squad, while Winker, coming off a terribly disappointing season, returns to a division where he flourished with the Reds while facing the motivation of a contract year with the Brewers.

The Brewers activated Wong’s option last month instead of paying him a $2 million buyout, opening the door for him to be traded, which sparked interest from clubs other than Seattle, according to sources.

Wong, 32, is coming off what was maybe his greatest season at the plate, hitting.251/.339/.430 (.769 OPS) with a career-high 15 homers, 24 doubles, four triples, 47 RBIs, and 116 wRC+ (league average is 100) while collecting 2.5 wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs.

Some of this was by purpose, with a more deliberate attempt to raise the ball higher. His line-drive and fly-ball rates were the best in his career the last two years (49.3% combined), but his ground-ball percentage was the lowest (43.7% for ’21-22). It’s possible that his OPS+ in each of the last two seasons – 110 in ’21 and 118 in ’22 – was the greatest of his career.

Wong is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner who is coming off a defensively bad year in which he was worth minus-9 outs above average (placing in the third percentile, per Statcast) and minus-1 defensive runs saved.

Some of that could be attributed to lower-body injuries he battled throughout the year, such as a right calf strain from a hit-by-pitch in June, which led to a stint on the injured list and persisted despite treatment and footwear experimentation. A full offseason of rest and a Spring Training with infield coaching guru Perry Hill, who has helped J.P. Crawford and Ty France among others, should be beneficial.

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