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.