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Ty Cobb, second all-time in career triples, slides safely into third base.

In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base after hitting the ball, with neither the benefit of a fielder's misplay (see error) nor another runner being put out on a fielder's choice. A triple is sometimes called a "three-bagger" or "three-base hit".[1] For statistical and scorekeeping purposes it is denoted by 3B.[2][3]

Triples have become somewhat rare in Major League Baseball. It often requires a ball hit to a distant part of the field, or the ball taking an unusual bounce in the outfield. It also usually requires that the batter hit the ball solidly, and be a speedy runner. It also often requires that the batter's team have a good strategic reason for wanting the batter on third base, as a double will already put the batter in scoring position and there will often be little strategic advantage to taking the risk of trying to stretch a double into a triple. (The inside-the-park home run is much rarer than a triple). The trend for modern ballparks is to have smaller outfields (often increasing the number of home runs); it has ensured that the career and season triples leaders mostly consist of those who played early in Major League Baseball history, generally in the dead-ball era.

A walk-off triple (one that ends a game) occurs very infrequently. For example, the 2016 MLB season saw only three walk-off triples, excluding one play that was actually a triple plus an error.[4]

Triples leaders, Major League Baseball

Play Career length Number of triples
Sam Crawford 1899-1917 309
Ty Cobb 1905-1928 295
Honus Wagner 1897-1917 252
Jake Beckley 1888-1907 243
Roger Connor 1880-1897 233
Tris Speaker 1907-1928 222
Fred Clarke 1894-1915 220
Dan Brouthers 1879-1904 205
Joe Kelley 1891-1908 194
Paul Waner 1926-1945 191

Season

Chief Wilson's record of 36 triples in a season is unlikely to ever be broken.
Player Year Number of triples
Chief Wilson 1912 36
Dave Orr 1886 31
Heinie Reitz 1894 31
Perry Werden 1893 29
Harry Davis 1897 28
Jimmy Williams 1899 28
George Davis 1893 27
Sam Thompson 1894 27
Sam Crawford 1914 26
Kiki Cuyler 1925 26
Joe Jackson 1912 26
John Reilly 1890 26
George Treadway 1894 26

See also

References

  1. ^ "Triple (3B)". MLB.com. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Dexter Fowler". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ McMahon, Rob, ed. (2009). USA Today Baseball Scorebook. Sterling Innovation. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-4027-6245-1.
  4. ^ Miller, Sam (November 29, 2016). "The mystery of the walk-off triple". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018.

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