Friday, March 23, 2007

The last triple steal

BP's Dan Fox writes about a subject dear to our hearts: double- and triple steals:

Since 1970 our data set includes 12 instances of successful triple steals with the last of those occurring on October 1, 1987 as the Braves visited the Astrodome in a game that would see nine total stolen bases. In the top of the fourth inning, the Braves loaded the bases with two outs with Jeff Blauser on first, Ken Oberkfell on second and Gerald Perry on third. The Astros then replaced catcher Ronn Reynolds with Troy Afenir and on the first pitch to David Palmer, all three runners broke and all three were safe extending the Braves lead to 3-0. To add insult to injury Afenir, who would catch just 204 big-league innings, allowed a passed ball on the very next pitch which scored Oberkfell before Palmer mercifully struck out. At least Afenir should be glad that the play was only pulled once against him. On July 25, 1930 the A's executed it twice against the Indians.

Based on Ross's (and many other people's) opinion of Victor Martinez's arm, Cleveland may be due for another double triplesteal day sometime soon.

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