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DJ LeMahieu Becomes First Player to Win an Undisputed Batting Title in Both Leagues

Written by Jameus Mooney

It’s the final day of the MLB regular season, the Yankees have had a somewhat disappointing season. One player who hasn’t been disappointing is DJ LeMahieu, who is once again an MVP candidate in his second year in the Bronx.

The second baseman came up with the Cubs, but left an indelible mark in the National League as a Colorado Rocky. In seven seasons in Colorado, he hit .299/.352/.408 and was a multi time All-Star. His best season was in 2016 and that was the year he hit .348 to win the National League Batting Title.

DJ LeMahieu, 2016 season.

In the race last year for the AL, he proved he was not a product of Coors when he had his best MLB season, with a career high 26 homeruns and a .327 BA, but lost out to White Sox Tim Anderson. This year, despite the shortened season, he did not lose out. He hit .364 in 2020 and is the first Yankee to get a batting crown since Bernie Williams in 1998.

He is the second player to win both the AL and NL Batting Titles, and first since Ed Delahanty, who was enshrined in Cooperstown in 1945. However, the 1902 batting title is disputed over his race with fellow Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie.

Wikipedia says the following:

“Sources differ whether Nap Lajoie or Ed Delahanty won the American League batting title in 1902 and differ slightly over Lajoie’s precise statistics that season. The Hall of Fame credits Lajoie with 129 hits in 352 at bats (.368), while MLB and baseball reference  show 133 hits in 352 at bats (.378). According to Baseball-Reference a player qualified for a batting title prior to 1920 by appearing in 60% of his team’s games—82 games in the 136 game schedule in 1902—and Lajoie appeared in 87 team games. As such, Baseball-Reference credits Lajoie with the 1902 title, with Delahanty’s .376 batting average placing second. MLB’s historical statistics leaderboards, however, use the modern standard of 3.1 plate appearances per team game (422 in that season) which Lajoie fell 37 short of.”

Either way for DJ, he is either the only player or the first since an MLB Hall of Famer in over 100 years. DJ LeMahieu’s contact is in a class of its own.

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Jameus Mooney