Neato Torpedo wrote:But why average, HR, and RBI? Why would anyone think to pursue the Triple Crown? Why even create such a concept if not to measure single-season dominance?
Because like it or lump it, those are the three premier offensive baseball stats for what, the past 100 years? It's a "concept" in nomenclature only. You need to be careful of how you are defining terms. The "Triple Crown" is the label of the award of a player who is the league leader of those three statistical categories. So the "true" Triple Crown is what it is.
And without starting a big brouhaha, the fact is win shares, vorp and all of that aren't accepted on the same level as the traditional stats, and its unlikely they will be. OBP and OPS seems like they will catch on, but those others? Probably not. So long story short, those are the stats that were lionized and sought after. But they didn't "create the concept" and award it, the powers that be labeled a phenomenon and rewarded it. It's subtle, but it's distinct. And you have to be dominant to win it, but "dominance" isn't the defined hallmark of the award, nor is it part of the definition. But considering the rarity of the event even happening, it's just fine as it is.
I mean its kind of like saying why did they decide on the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont as the "Triple Crown" -- I mean do those three races define a horse? Well, it was decided, and that's how it is.