When the Nationals ended last night’s eighth inning with a triple play against the Giants, few watching realized they’d seen something that literally has never happened before in major league baseball. At least according to SABR, it was the first 3-(3)-5 triple play in MLB history:
Triple plays are generally credited to the defense, but as we’ve seen more often than not they’re created by piss-poor base running. So here’s an example of the Texas Rangers shitting up the basepaths as they manage to get themselves into a 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play at the hands of the White Sox tonight.
Triple plays are incredibly difficult to pull off. There needs to be at least two runners on base with no outs, a ball hit to precisely the right spot, and flawless execution from the fielders. Normally they occur about five times per season.
You want to see a 3-6-2 triple play? Here’s one, courtesy of some putrid baserunning by the Toronto Blue Jays. How rare is this play? The last time it happened was in 1955, according to SABR.
The Pittsburgh Pirates tripled up the Cardinals tonight on a 4-5-4 triple play that, if we’re reading SABR’s list of triple plays correctly, is the first in baseball history. Maybe claiming the Pirates “executed a triple play,” isn’t fair or accurate, perhaps “Cardinals fail to execute competent baserunning” would be…
Josh Harrison, Neil Walker, and Andrew Lambo turned the Pirates' first triple play since 2009. Quite pretty.
It took two umpire reviews, but the Cleveland Indians pulled off an unusual, exciting triple play on the Dodgers tonight. See if you can follow along.
Hooray. Because the Red Sox really needed this to reverse the fortunes of their horrible season.