The Colorado Rockies didn’t have much to celebrate as the 2016 Major League Baseball regular season came to a close on Sunday, but former LSU baseball player DJ LeMahieu offered reason to be happy.
The former Tigers infielder won the National League batting title by hitting .348 this season. To arrive at that total, LeMahieu collected 192 base hits in 552 at-bats that were accrued during 146 games.
In addition to leading the National League, LeMahieu’s number was better than the .336 average posted by American League batting title winner Jose Altuve. That means LeMahieu had the best batting average in all of Major League Baseball among hitters who had enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title.
LeMahieu was a second round selection of the Chicago Cubs back in the 2009 draft after finishing his career at LSU. He was traded to the Rockies in 2011 shortly after making his Major League debut.
LSU baseball, the Colorado Rockies and Major League Baseball each offered congratulations on social media on Sunday:
— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) October 2, 2016
— MLB (@MLB) October 3, 2016
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) October 2, 2016