As the last month of the Major League Baseball’s regular season arrives J.D. Martinez could make history. The Boston slugger began September in the top two in baseball for batting average, home runs and runs batted in, which puts him on pace to challenge for a MLB Triple Crown.
Mickey Mantle was the last player in the Majors to lead in all three categories during the same season. Mantle batted .353 while hitting 52 home runs and knocking in 130 for New York in 1956.
Martinez could also become just the sixth MLB player since play began in the American League during 1901 to win an MLB Triple Crown. The only other players to accomplish the feat were Ty Cobb in 2009, Rogers Hornsby in 2025, Lou Gehrig in 1934, Ted Williams in 1942 and Mantle in 1956.
On Thursday, the Red Sox were off and Martinez held a comfortable leads in RBIs with 115, and was second in home runs with 39 trailing just the 40 by Oakland’s Khris Davis.
His batting average of .335 is fractions of a point behind Mookie Betts, his teammate, who stands at .3354 while Martinez is .3353.
Even an American League or National League Triple Crown is rare. Only 16 players have led their individual leagues in batting average, home runs and RBIs. Twelve have done that since the RBI became an official statistic during 1920.
Prior to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera breaking a drought of 45 years during 2012, there was no Triple Crown winner since 1967 when Carl Yastrzemski, now in the Hall of Fame, completed the feat for the Boston Red Sox.
Now 51 years later, another member of the Red Sox is chasing history and trying to become a member of a very exclusive club.
Martinez appeared to be the ideal match for Boston from the start of free agency in November of last year, but he did not reach an agreement with the Red Sox front office until last February.
Boston owns baseball’s best record thus far and Martinez has been a big part of the club’s resurgence all season. From April through the end of August, Martinez has batted at least .299 with an OPS of .958 and 20 runs batted in each month and hit 13 home runs during May after just five prior to that.