The triple 100 club in baseball

Mike Trout, the near consensus best player in baseball over the last 5 years (incredibly, that’s every full season he has played in the majors), accomplished an impressive feat in 2016 — he scored over 123 runs to go with 100 RBIs and 116 walks. As good as he is, this was his first time hitting 100 or more in all three categories.

Not surprisingly, Trout was the only hitter to attain this triple 100 crown in 2016. In the previous season, two players, Paul Goldschmidt in the NL and Jose Bautista in the AL, attained the same plateau. In 2014, Jose Bautista was the only triple 100 hitter. In 2012 and 2013, there was none. 2011 was a special season, with a triplet of players, Jose Bautista, Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto, hitting and walking their way to a triple 100.

Those paying attention to the preceding list would notice only one recurring triple 100 hitter — Jose Bautista. This fact may provoke cynicism in Baltimore. But it is no surprise to knowledgeable Toronto fans. In total, Joey Bats has reached 100 plus runs, 100 plus RBIs and 100 plus walks in 4 out of the past 7 seasons — every season in which he has had 500 or more ABs. To underline how special this is, the likes of Trout, Goldschmidt, Cabrera and Votto, all acknowledged to be premier hitters blending power and average, have each accomplished this feat only once in their careers.

Prior to 2011, there were other repeat visitors of the triple 100 club. Their names are Pujols, Ortiz and Bonds. This underlines the difficulty of this feat. Well, Adam Dunn has done it 3 times too. But you get my drift.