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Batting title races jumbled as MLB season winds down

American League's Vladimir Guerrero Jr., of the Toronto Blue Jays, kisses the MVP trophy after...
American League's Vladimir Guerrero Jr., of the Toronto Blue Jays, kisses the MVP trophy after the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)(Jack Dempsey | AP)
Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 9:43 PM EDT
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(AP) - The bar for Major League Baseball’s batting title is unusually low this year and that’s creating wild races for the honor in both leagues.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the majors in hitting with a .321 average and Trea Turner is atop the National League at .316. According to Baseball-Reference.com, the only time the leaders in both leagues were at .325 or lower was in 1960. That’s when Dick Groat topped the NL at .325 and Pete Runnels hit .320 to win the AL title.

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