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The Baseball Triple Play – Mostly 5-4-3 ?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 11, 2010

After seeing The San Diego Padres pull a 5-4-3 triple play against the NY Mets, I wondered if that was a common triple play.

I sent this email to a few friends:baseball triple play

I assume you all saw last night’s triple play. How often does that type (5-4-3) of triple play happen? Often a triple play involves a line drive – sometimes with the runners going… It would be an interesting stat to see.

One response I received:

I would think more double plays would be turned 5-4-3- (I assume he meant triple play).

So I poked around and found some information on Wikipedia. (Major League Triple Plays).

Baseball Triple Plays for the years 2006 – 2010:

May 14, 2006 – Popped up bunt attempt, caught in the air, started the triple play
May 27, 2006 – Ground ball to second baseman, tags the runner going from first to second, started the triple play
June 11, 2006 – Fly ball caught by an outfielders started the triple play
September 2, 2006 – Strikeout and a pick off of a runner off second base, started the triple play
September 18, 2006 – Line out to third baseman started the triple play
April 21, 2007 – Ground ball to third, 5-4-3 triple play
April 29, 2007 – Line drive to the shortstop starts an unassisted triple play
August 27, 2007 – Ground ball to third, 5-4-3 triple play
May 30, 2008 – Ground ball to third, 5-4-3 triple play
April 12, 2009 – Line out to shortstop started the triple play
May 4, 2009 – Line out to shortstop started the triple play
May 20, 2009 – Lined drive to second baseman with the runners going, started the triple play
August 23, 2009 – Unassisted triple play started with line drive to second baseman
September 6, 2009 – Ground ball to third, 5-4-3 triple play
April 22, 2010 – Ground ball to third, 5-4-3 triple play
May 19, 2010 – Line drive to centerfield started the triple play
June 10, 2010 – Ground ball to third, 5-4-3 triple play

That’s seventeen triple plays since 2006 .  Six of those triple plays were 5-4-3 triple plays…

That’s  35% of the triple plays since 2006 have been 5-4-3 triple plays.

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