Originally Posted by RedsManRick
Funny. Neither Babe Ruth nor Willie Mays ever won a triple crown. Those guys must not be as good as Miggie either.
Rarity does not imply value. We could sit here all day and come up with things that have happened only once in the last 40 years. What makes them valuable is how much they actually have to do with the winning baseball games.
This has nothing to do with shoving anything in anybody's face. It's asking people to thinking a tiny bit harder than "ONE TIME IN YOUR LIFE, ONE TIME IN YOUR LIFE, ONE TIME IN YOUR LIFE" as if that actually had meaning in and of itself.
By the way, guess the last time somebody had 30 HR, 45 SB and 125 Runs Scored? Well, Mike Trout. Before him.... oh wait, nobody had ever done that before. Say it over and over again: NOBODY HAD EVER DONE THAT BEFORE. NOBODY HAD EVER DONE THAT BEFORE.
If rarity is what counts, Trout wins. If you want to actually look at the value of the things we're counting, sabermetricians are happy to have that conversation.
Nobody has ever done it but Eric Davis was 37/50/120 in 129 games and was 9th in MVP....37/50/120 is better than 30/45/125
Bobby Bonds topped those stats a couple time and just missed the 30/45/125 4x....often just under one but over on the other two.
Alfonso Soriano was 41/46/119....finished 6th MVP