Skip to main content

Big Crown

Big Brown is going for the Triple Crown on Saturday. So I looked up a few things related to that

* While no Met has ever won the Triple Crown, their have been six instances in which a Met won the "Team Triple Crown." This required leading the Mets in batting average, home runs, and RBI in the same season.

Led Mets in BA, HR, RBI
Same Season

2001 Mike Piazza
2000 Mike Piazza
1995 Rico Brogna
1989 Howard Johnson
1971 Cleon Jones<<
1967 Tommy Davis
>> Tied for team lead in HR

The most interesting of these is Mike Piazza's capture of the crown in 2000. He won in a photo finish with Edgardo Alfonzo. Piazza batted .32365, while Alfonzo hit .32352, meaning Piazza won the Mets batting race by one-tenthousandth of a point.

* Dwight Gooden won the NL's pitching Triple Crown in 1985, leading the NL in wins, ERA and strikeouts. Tom Seaver never did that as a Met. The three times he led the NL in both ERA and strikeouts (1971, 1973, 1975), he got beaten out for the wins lead. Among current Mets, Johan Santana won the AL pitching Triple Crown with the Twins in 2006, while Pedro Martinez copped it with the Red Sox in 1999.

* 3 Mets have led the NL in home runs for a season. 1 led the NL in RBI. No Met has ever led the NL in batting average.

Led NL in Home Runs
Mets history

1991 Howard Johnson<<
1988 Darryl Strawberry
1982 Dave Kingman
>> Also led NL in RBI (finished 40th in NL with a .259 BA)

* Leading the Mets in the what I call the "True Triple Crown" is a little more common. This requires leading the team in batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage

Led Mets in BA< OBP, Slugging Pct

2007 David Wright
2005 David Wright
2001 Mike Piazza
1998 John Olerud
1995 Rico Brogna
1989 Howard Johnson
1979 Lee Mazzilli
1977 Lenny Randle
1972 Tommie Agee
1971 Cleon Jones
1969 Cleon Jones
1968 Cleon Jones
1967 Tommy Davis

* The Mets are 2-2 on days in which a horse wins the Triple Crown. They beat the Dodgers on June 9, 1973 (Secretariat), split a doubleheader with the Astros on June 11, 1977 (Seattle Slew) and lost to the Giants on June 10, 1978 (Affirmed). None of the games were decided in walk-off fashion.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Mets Top 100 Home Runs: From No. 76 (Alex Ochoa) to No. 80 (Dom Smith)

In 2009, I did a project for my website, Mets Walk-Offs and Other Minutiae, celebrating the best home runs in Mets history. I selected the top 60 regular season home runs and the top 15 postseason home runs. The reason I picked 60 was because it represented the top 1% of home runs in Mets history (and 15 just felt right for postseason, giving us 75 overall).
This was fun to do, but it was imperfect. I had one egregious omission. I tended to favor oddities.
It’s time to give that project an update. And why not do it as a top 100?
The Mets have hit 7,671 regular season home runs. The top 80 represent about the top 1%. And the top 20 postseason home runs get us to an even 100 to celebrate.
Come along for the ride. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the reminiscing. 
Hopefully you’ll find it Amazin’.
80. Dominic Smith’s season-ending walk-off 
(Sept. 29, 2019 vs Braves) True story: I pulled into a parking spot right in front of my apartment as Dominic Smith came to bat. Rather than stay and listen to the ra…

Mets Top 100 Home Runs: From No. 16 (Carl Everett & Bernard Gilkey) to No. 20 (Tommie Agee)

In 2009, I did a project for my website, Mets Walk-Offs and Other Minutiae, celebrating the best home runs in Mets history. I selected the top 60 regular season home runs and the top 15 postseason home runs. The reason I picked 60 was because it represented the top 1% of home runs in Mets history (and 15 just felt right for postseason).
This was fun to do, but it was imperfect. I had one egregious omission. I tended to favor oddities.
It’s time to give that project an update. And why not do it as a top 100?
The Mets have hit 7,671 regular season home runs. The top 80 represent about the top 1%. And the top 20 postseason home runs get us to an even 100 to celebrate.
Come along for the ride. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the reminiscing. Hopefully you’ll find it Amazin’. 


The rest of the list can be found here.


20. Tommie Agee reaches new heights 
(April 10, 1969 vs Expos) Tommie Agee set the tone for a new beginning in the first week of the 1969 season. Agee had a dreadful 1968 that began in spring t…

Cliff Notes

Alright, so it's 2 days later and the challenge for me now, after reading through about a dozen game stories and listening to talk radio, is to provide a fresh perspective on walk-off #324. If you're going to be a serious reader of this blog, you know what happened already, so let's look at what made this particular walk-off stand out.

It would seem that the place to start is with the idea that everything broke just right on both sides of the ball. Particularly, I'm talking about Carlos Beltran's catch in the 7th inning, where he went over the center field fence to rob Jose Molina of a home run. Every no-hitter seems to have one defensive gem that makes it possible and perhaps that's true of great walk-off moments as well (We'll be looking into that!)

Marlon Anderson's home run required a remarkable combination of events. It was only the sixth inside-the-park home run at Shea Stadium by a Met and the first since Darryl Strawberry in 1989. It required that…