Posts Tagged ‘Triple Crown’

Jamie McOwen Extends Hitting Streak To 42 Games, Teammate Alex Liddi On Pace For Triple Crown

Jamie McOwen extended his hitting streak to 42 games today with an RBI single in the fifth inning of an 8-0 win over Visalia.  He is hitting .352 for the season and .500 over his last ten games.

As good as McOwen has been, his teammate, third baseman Alex Liddi, has been even better.  Liddi currently leads the California League in runs, hit, doubles, homeruns, runs batted in, batting average, slugging percentage, total bases, and OPS.  According to one source, only two players have ever won the Triple Crown in the California League: San Bernadino’s Ruben Gonzalez (27 HR, 101 RBI, .308 BA) in 1989 and Reno’s Jose Vidal (40 HR, 162 RBI, .340 BA) in 1963.

Liddi, a 20-year-old native of San Remo, Italy, is hitting .384 with 15 homeruns and 43 RBI in home games this season.

Unfortunately for the Mavericks, the historic accomplishments of its members aren’t bringing fans to the ballpark.  One day after packing more than 4,800 people into the seats, McOwen’s quest for a 42-game hitting streak was carried out in front of just 888 people.  The season average stands at just over 1,700.

Come on, good people of Adelanto!  Get out there to the ballpark and witness history!

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That Was Fun While It Lasted

Sunday afternoon, I discovered an interesting fact: Iowa Cubs jack-of-all-trades Jake Fox was tearing up the Pacific Coast League.  Batting average over .400, 17 homeruns, 50 runs batted in – he was easily leading the league in all three categories, making him a prime candidate for one of my favorite feats, the Triple Crown.

As near as I can tell, the last player to win the PCL Triple Crown was Albuquerque’s Mike Marshall in 1981 (.373, 34, 137).  Before that, you have to go all the way back to 1956, when Steve Bilko hit .360 with 55 homeruns and 164 RBI for Los Angeles.  A different era, that was.

The season was about 1/3 gone, which still felt kind of early, so I ultimately set myself a limitation: on June 1, if Fox was still in the lead in all three categories, I would write something about it (yes, I was going to wait a whole week.  This demonstrates considerable restraint on my part).

So what happens?  Fox gets the call to the majors, of course.  You know, sometimes I get the sense that these organizations just don’t care about MY feelings at all.

Fox is no stranger to success.  Last season, he hit 31 homers and drove in 105 runs between AA and AAA, his third straight season with 20+ roundtrippers.  He is also valuable for his defensive flexibility: most of his professional experience is as a catcher and first baseman, but he has also played shortstop, third base, and multiple outfield positions.

One of the players sent down to make room for Fox and two other call-ups was Bobby Scales, the feel-good story who made his major league debut this month after a decade in the minors.  It’s nice that Fox gets another shot at the majors (he appeared in seven games in 2007), but here’s hoping that Scales receives his own second chance before long.