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His kingdom for a triple (OK, probably not)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 11, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez can hit the ball far. That’s a given. He also runs well, as his 22 stolen bases would indicate.

But here’s some statistical weirdness for you: A-Rod has not had a triple since May 31, 2006.

That’s 244 games and 896 at-bats. Since then, nine teammates have had triples including such unlikely candidates as Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui, Bubba Crosby, Andy Phillips and Miguel Cairo.

Triples – while one of the coolest things to see in baseball – take some special circumstances. You either have to be somebody with Olympic speed like Jose Reyes or Curtis Granderson. Or you need a park with some weird angles. The best way is for an outfielder to dive at a line drive and miss it.

For whatever reason, the three-bagger has eluded A-Rod. So root for somebody to fall down or a funny hop. It’ll be worth to see A-Rod slide into third, fist-bump Larry Bowa and rotate that shoulder.

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