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Yankees DJ LeMahieu wins 2020 American League batting title

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LeMahieu becomes the first player to win a batting title in both leagues

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After finishing as the runner-up in last year’s race for the batting title, DJ LeMahieu is back on top. The Yankees’ second baseman went 2-for-4 on Sunday afternoon, bringing his average to .364 and earning his rights as the American League batting champion.

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, who won the batting title last season, finished in second with a .322 average. He needed a 7-for-7 day to upset LeMahieu. Instead, he went 0-for-5 against the Cubs.

LeMahieu, 32, appeared in 50 games for the Yankees in 2020. He missed the start of the season recovering from the coronavirus, and served a ten-day stint on the injured list with a thumb strain, but he effectively carried the Bombers for stretches at a time. The infielder managed a .364/.421/.590 triple-slash with 10 home runs, good for a 177 wRC+.

With the 2020 batting title to his name, LeMahieu becomes the first undisputed batting champion in each league. While with the Rockies, he was the batting champion in 2016. Ed Delahanty has a contested claim to the honors, having won the National League batting title in 1899 and the American League counterpart in 1902, but that honor is disputed, with Nap Lajoie also considered that year’s batting champion.

LeMahieu also becomes the first Yankee to win the batting since Bernie Williams in 1998. He is the ninth Bomber to achieve the feat, joining Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Snuffy Stirnweiss, Mickey Mantle, Don Mattingly, Paul O’Neill, and Williams.

Congratulations to LeMahieu on the impressive acomplishment!