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Michael Cuddyer joins unlikely crew

Michael Cuddyer became a first-time batting champion in 2013 at the age of 34, batting .331 for the Colorado Rockies. A lifetime .277 hitter in his 13 major league seasons -- he had never batted higher than .284 -- Cuddyer is among the least likely batting champions in the game, having bettered his lifetime mark by 54 points.

The other one-time batting champions with career averages under .300 since 1960 who had differentials of 45 or better in their dream season:

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