Triple Crown Winners
The league recognizes a “Triple Crown” winner for leading the league in three stats categories in batting, pitching and fielding.
These are the same categories as Major League Baseball for batting. For pitching, we replaced Wins, which might be the most meaningless stat for an individual pitcher, with Opponent’s Batting Average. (Additionally, the league did not award Wins as a stat due to a requirement for pitcher rotation for the first six seasons.) As far as we know, there is no such thing as a Triple Crown winner for fielding in Major League Baseball, so we chose stats that made sense to us.
Until the Spring 2011 season, Chances Per Error was used for the third fielding stat, but was replaced with Range Factor. Not only is RF a better stat, CPE is a number that is often divided by 0, which means that it’s not a real number. Every player who didn’t commit an error then had NO CPE, and so everyone was tied that met this criteria. The league broke the ties by using the “most” chances without an error, but that was ridiculous.
BATTING TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS
- 2005 – David Crain
- 2006 Summer – Ross Duenas
- 2007 Summer – Stephen Zigmund
- 2008 Summer – Stephen Zigmind
- 2009 Spring – Kris Garcia
- 2011 Spring – Jim Shannon
- 2012 Spring – Jim Shannon
Zigmund’s 2008 Summer Triple Crown was not recognized at the time. At the end of the regular season he trailed Brett Beyerlin by 4 RBI. However, Zigmund played in a tie breaker game, which counts for regular season stats, and drove in 5 runs to take the lead by 1. This omission caused Jim Shannon to be incorrectly referred to as the first player to win two Triple Crowns at the time.
PITCHING TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS
- 2009 Summer – Tony Ragano
- 2012 Spring – Joe Thaman
FIELDING TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS
Until the Summer 2008 season, the fielding leaders were honored for all fielding stats combined, regardless of position played.
Starting with the Summer 2009 season, the minimum Time Played to qualify in the fielding stats was lowered from 3 per game to 2 per game.
Combined Positions (2005 to 2008)
Fielder (2009 to Present)
2012 Spring – Kevin Higman
Higman’s Triple Crown was announced and awarded, but a further review of the stats found that PO were being inflated for some games due to a glitch in the scoring software. Once the error was corrected, he trailed Michael Burns by 1 PO.
Pitcher (2009 to Present)
- 2010 Summer – Alex Filides
Catcher (2009 to Present)
- 2009 Spring – Matt Dreyfus
- 2009 Summer – John Bernard
- 2010 Spring – Austin Bernardo
- 2010 Summer – Jon Godfrey