Toledo Baseball Triple Crown Winner Named MAC Player of the Year

June 3, 2021 | Athletics, News, UToday
By Chris Cullum

Toledo’s Chris Meyers was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and First-Team All-MAC on Wednesday. The Miamisburg, Ohio, native is the first conference Player of the Year recipient in program history.

“Chris Meyers is so deserving to be named MAC Player of the Year and 1st Team All-MAC,” head coach Rob Reinstetle said. “There was not another hitter in the conference more feared and more dangerous than Chris.”

Chris Meyers is the first Mid-American Conference Player of the Year recipient in program history and was the league’s first Triple Crown winner since 1998.

Meyers was terrific in 2021, tying the school record with 15 home runs while batting .378 and driving in 55 runs, leading the MAC in all three categories, making him the league’s first Triple Crown winner since 1998 (Tom Kuempel, Marshall).

Meyers also led the conference in slugging percentage (.739) and doubles (18) while ranking second in on-base percentage (.509) and third in runs scored (50). He ended the season 11th in the country in slugging and 16th in on-base percentage. An intimidating presence in the batter’s box, Meyers led the MAC in intentional walks with nine. He accumulated 39 walks in 2021, one off the school record of 40 (Andy Stetka, 2001).

“Winning the Triple Crown is also such a special achievement for any hitter at any level, he really had an amazing year,” Reinstetle said. “What I don’t want to get lost in all the stats and honors is the fact that Chris is a first-class student and human being. I am very lucky to have been able to coach and be around him on a daily basis. He’s made everyone around him better, and that’s the highest praise any player can receive.”

Meyers terrorized opposing MAC pitchers all season long, hitting .395 and slugging .782 while blasting 11 home runs and tallying 38 RBIs in 38 conference games. He was named MAC Player of the Week three times this season and he earned the league’s Scholar Athlete of the Week accolade once as well. Meyers had 20 multi-hit games and 14 multi-RBI performances this year, both of which were most on the team.

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