Toronto Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has Triple Crown in site

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Could the Toronto Blue Jays be celebrating a rare milestone? Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s push for the Triple Crown should start gaining steam

The only time the Toronto Blue Jays have celebrated a Triple Crown was when Roger Clemons won it in 1997 and 1998. Now, the team will be looking for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to reach his potential and cement his status as one of the top hitters in MLB.

His first hurdle is the home run battle with Shohei Ohtani. He tied the Los Angeles Angels superstar after securing eight home runs over his last 14 games. Considering how strong the Blue Jays lineup has been performing, opposing teams can’t just pitch around Guerrero Jr. which hopefully offers him more chances to hit a few more homers.

With a .319 batting average, Guerrero Jr. is in the driver’s seat in that department with Yuli Gurriel and Michael Brantley sitting behind him at .315. The one challenge he faces is getting into the RBI lead.

The 22-year-old sits third with 102 with Salvador Perez in second with 105 and José Abreu leading the way with 107 RBI. It’s not an insurmountable hurdle to overcome but it’s the one category he could fall short and lose out on the triple crown.

Will this help his Guerrero Jr. case to win the AL MVP? If he pulls off the Triple Crown it should but Ohtani continues to grab most of the attention which definitely means it might be too tough to convince voters to look past him.

Toronto Blue Jays are witnessing a special season from Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

At this rate, if Vladdy Jr. isn’t able to win the Triple Crown, it shouldn’t take away from the season he has produced to this point. There were so many question marks about his weight and ability to play in the field, but he has put in the work to alleviate any concerns the team might have had about him.

He became the youngest Blue Jays player to record 100 RBI in a season and joined his father as just the second father-son duos to hit 40 home runs, joining Prince Fielder and Cecil Fielder. Every step of the way, Vladdy Jr.’s career has been compared to Vladdy Sr. and he has hasn’t disappointed so far.

The expectations aren’t easy for a young player that’s in the spotlight as much as Guerrero Jr. has been so far in Toronto. At the same time, he was touted as one of the top prospects in baseball at a young age and overcoming some bumps in the road while showing off his personality on the field.

Being able to etch his name in the record books at this stage would be a cherry on top of his breakout season. But if he misses it this season, there’s no reason why he won’t get more opportunities to go for the Triple Crown in the future.

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