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Albert Pujols' Triple Crown shot

Even at his worst, the Cardinals slugger has a legit shot at history

Originally Published: August 23, 2010
By Dan Szymborski | Baseball Think Factory
Albert Pujols & Joey VottoIcon SMIJoey Votto's becoming a household name, but Pujols is the one who might follow in Yaz's footsteps.

In 1966, Frank Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles had the best year of his career; he led the American League in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. A year later, Carl Yastrzemski did the same thing, hitting .326 with 44 home runs and 121 RBIs -- all tops in the league.

In the four decades since, some of baseball's most hallowed records (714, 755 and 4,191) have fallen, but nobody has managed to pull off a Triple Crown season. Players have come close -- Gary Sheffield was the odds-on favorite for much of the summer in 1992 and Albert Pujols seems to enter every season as a possibility -- but no player has finished the season at the top of the leaderboards in all three Triple Crown categories since Yaz.

Could 2010 be the year?