History regards the Triple Crown as the apex of offensive baseball accomplishment because before the statistical revolution, nobody knew any better. For us to sit here now, with what we know, and accept that on its face is lunacy.
That isn't the platform that I signed up for when I declared myself a follower of sabermetrics. Those are both real quotes. The first I've seen on more than one occasion from those who claim there can only be one answer to a subjective question. The second came from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
I've waited my whole life for a Triple Crown of any sort. Baseball, horse racing. I really didn't care. Baseball's hadn't happened since 1967. Horse racing's since 1978. I was beginning to think it would never it. Yet, today, we are on the verge of Miguel Cabrera earning a spot in the pantheon, someone at last winning a Triple Crown. And yet I'm told it doesn't matter? It's worthless? You know what? I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it any more.
The Triple Crown still matters -- don't let anybody tell you otherwise
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