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HBT Daily: Which Triple Crown is tougher? Baseball or horse racing?

Jun 6, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Don’t know and really does it matter. What I do know is a saw Secretariat win the Triple Crown in 1973 and I still get goose bumps when I watch replays on YouTube of the Belmont Stakes.

    For those of you who have never seen it:

  2. musketmaniac - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Ill go with the ponys

  3. sportsfan18 - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Triple crown in baseball…

    Way more competition as there are many more hitters to contend with than in the three races COMBINED.

    Beyond that, the baseball triple crown winner has to win in 3 categories each year obviously.

    When hitting homeruns, enough to lead the league and hitting to drive in runs, again enough to lead the league one usually has to sacrifice some average…

    There are pesky little slap hitters many seasons like all the years Pete Rose played, like Ichiro did for a decade plus slapping out hit after hit (NO power) but he won the batting title several times…

    The categories are all different in baseball. It’s like someone having to win the 100 yard dash, the mile and the marathon…

    A great batter with a real chance to win the baseball triple crown could be on a team with a crappy pitching staff, meaning he does NOT get to hit against the bums but those comepting against him for any ONE of the three categories DO get to hit against the bums who pitch for his team…

  4. creator69 - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    The question you should ask is which baseball triple crown is harder, Pitcher or Hitter. In which case I would say Pitcher.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      There have been many more pitcher triple crowns than hitter triple crowns. And the skills which go into pitching triple crowns are complementary — being a power pitcher who can lead the league in strikeouts helps a lot to lower ERA. Often in hitting, hitting for power comes at the expense of average, which makes a hitting triple crown (in my mind anyway) a harder trick, structurally speaking.

  5. musketmaniac - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    I’ll stay with the ponys. it’s an absurd question. but there are 162 games. when Rod Carew last hit .400 even he had a bad game that year. 3 races a man on a horse. absolute zero room for error.

  6. musketmaniac - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    I know .388

  7. 1historian - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Absurd subject for a column, and quite deservedly so my entrant for this years’s “I have no idea what I’m talking about but I’ve got to write something” annual column contest.

    Thanks to whoever posted Secretariat’s Belmont – one of the greatest performances in the history of the sport.

    California Chrome has Secretariat in the 5th generation. From Generations 3 through 7 he has (including horses who appear twice) 7 winners of the Belmont. I didn’t think he could win the crown but now I think he can I think he can.

    Good luck Chrome – the whole world will be watching.

  8. 6stn - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Doesn’t happen too often, but a three-year-old can’t win it in baseball.

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