Friday, May 12, 2006

Triples & Finley

Turns out it's no accident that Steve Finley has turned into a triples machine since donning the orange and black. He hit his 7th of the year during Thursday's 9-3 blowout of the Cubs, which leads the MLB. Six of the seven have come at AT&T Park AKA Mays Field. It seems that Finley may have figured out his swing is ideal for blasting fat pitches into Triples Alley in right center. He's also the current active leader with 119; Lofton is second, followed by Damon, Bonds, Offerman and Durham.

Finley's currently tied for 97th on the all time list with Hugh Duffy and Fred Pfeffer, both who played most of their careers in the 19th Century. The all-time leader is Sam Crawford at 309; the closest post World War II player is Stan Musial, who's 19th with 177. I'd say that Crawford's mark and Cy Young's all-time wins of 511 will be the two most difficult records to break.

Here's my fave trivia question (Amaze your friends!) -- What was the first year in which the number of HRs exceeded the number of triples in the major leagues? Answer: 1929. I had originally posted 1931 but Aneel at Trapped in LA was nice enough to point out the correct year.


Blogger Aneel said...

Dave - Double check 1929... there were 1,349 home runs, and 1,168 triples in '29... and in 1931, there was actually ONE more triple than home run (1070 3B, 1069 HR).

7:30 AM  
Blogger Big D said...

No wonder people never had the right answer! Thanks, Aneel.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Hello, Big D. Nice to meet ya.

Pac AT&SBC Park has had the history of inflating triples -- if you've never seen it before, check out the park factors for the park and look at the triples when compared to the rest of the league. I believe it's always well ahead of the other parks in the league.

Finley's taking advantage, alright, and more power to him...pun not intended...much.

Ok. I lied. Pun intended. And I'll do it again, too, if I feel threatened!

9:37 PM  

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