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Old 07-18-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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Default Interesting MLB statistics ...

Well one statistic, actually. Triples. Not how many. Not the player or team with the most, but the years in which they were most prevalent.

Unlike Hits, Doubles, HRs, RBIs and even Stolen Bases - Triples are the least common among batting results (with the exception of in-the-park homeruns, naturally).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Major_League_Baseball_players_with_100_tri ples

Different eras, different styles of play I suppose? As you look at the list above, what immediately stands out is the years in which these players played. Legends such as Sam Crawford and Ty Cobb top the list. Both started and ended their professional careers within ten years of one another. The majority of the players listed started and finished their careers in earlier eras of the sport.

In fact, ranking at 56 on the list, Willie Wilson finished his career in 1994 (147 triples), and the latest before him some guy named Enos Slaughter who completed his in 1959 (148 triples). A more familiar name, George Brett, is 70th on the list with with 137 triples and retired in 1993. The controversial Pete Rose ranks 74th, career ended in '86.

As the list advances, you see more later entries to the sport - Robin Yount retired '93, Paul Molitor '98, Garry Templeton '91, Juan Samuel. Not until the 90th position do you see someone retired post the year 2000. As follows, Steve Finley '07, Lance Johnson '00, Kenny Lofton (one of my favorite players growing up) '07, Tim Raines '02 and Johnny Damon '12.

With the vast majority of triples coming from players in the earlier eras of baseball, can this be attributed to better offense / weaker defense? A different breed of athlete that coincides with the times? Different player culture, different style of play?

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Old 07-18-2013, 10:43 PM   #2
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A lot of it can be how big stadiums were then compared to now.
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A lot of it can be how big stadiums were then compared to now.

I don't know much about stadium sizes then compared to now, but I would imagine the length from base to base, etc. would be the same, no? If anything the size of the field itself would be smaller (outfield), but the infield size and lengths probably the same today as it was back then. Hell, IDK, maybe they're entirely different. You make a good point. Maybe mlh1981 or some other baseball expert here can help us out.
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The original Yankee Stadium was 460 to center field, Tiger Stadium 440, Connie Mack 460 I think. Larger dimensions in the outfield were more common and power alleys lent themselves more for the opportunity to get trips.
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The original Yankee Stadium was 460 to center field, Tiger Stadium 440, Connie Mack 460 I think. Larger dimensions in the outfield were more common and power alleys lent themselves more for the opportunity to get trips.
This. Polo Grounds had some weird dimensions, too. Something like 480+ to center field, 450ish in the power alleys, and less than 300 feet down the lines.
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This. Polo Grounds had some weird dimensions, too. Something like 480+ to center field, 450ish in the power alleys, and less than 300 feet down the lines.


I used to play the High Heat Baseball series in online leagues for PC. There were a few classic stadiums and the Polo Grounds was forbidden from being used. A brutal stadium for baseball video games.
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