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In baseball, a triple play (denoted by TP) is the act of making three outs during the same continuous play. It is similar to the double play, but far less frequent. A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... In baseball, an out occurs when the defensive team effects any of a number of different events, and the umpire rules a batter or baserunner out. ... After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ...


There are many ways a triple play can be performed; most of them are done with runners on first and second base. Typically, a ball hit to the shortstop or third baseman is fielded, the runner heading to third is forced out or tagged out, the ball is thrown to second base for a force play, and then finally to first to throw out the batter. Another common sequence (to the extent such plays can be called common) is a line drive to the shortstop or second baseman that is caught without the runners noticing, the runners then being forced or tagged out when they fail to tag up. The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... In baseball, a force is a situation when a baserunner is compelled (or forced) to vacate his time-of-pitch base--and thus try to advance to the next base--because the batter became a runner. ... In baseball a tag out, sometimes just called a tag, is a play in which a baserunner is out because he is touched by the fielders hand holding a live ball while the runner is in jeopardy. ... Barry Bonds batting Photo:Agência Brasil In baseball, batting is the act of facing the opposing pitcher and trying to produce offense for ones team. ... In baseball, a batted ball can be called one of several various things, depending on how it comes off the bat and where in the field it lands. ... In baseball, a runner must tag up if a batted ball is caught in flight. ...


Triple plays are very rare, since a triple play requires at least two runners on base, no outs, and quick action from the fielders to perform. The unassisted triple play, a triple play where only one fielder handles the ball, is the least common type of triple play. Triple plays, even of the unassisted variety, are not extraordinarily difficult for major league fielders to achieve; their rarity is due to their dependence on specific circumstances arising in a game. In baseball, an unassisted triple play occurs when a defensive player makes three putouts by himself in one continuous play. ...


According to the Society for American Baseball Research, there have been 666 triple plays in Major League Baseball from 1876 to April 29, 2007. Of those, 13 were unassisted. (Most recent unassisted triple play was recorded April 29, 2007 by Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies vs. the Atlanta Braves.) In the 2000s, the chance of seeing a triple play in a given inning has been less than 1 in 10,000. SABR redirects here; for Selectable Assault Battle Rifle (S.A.B.R.) see XM29 OICW The Society for American Baseball Research was established in Cooperstown, New York in August of 1971. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Troy Tulowitzki was born on October 10,1984. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Ballpark Coors Field (1995–present) Mile High Stadium (1993-1994) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (0) None Wild card... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... The 2000s are the current decade, spanning from 2000 to 2009. ...


Playing against the Boston Red Sox on July 17, 1990, the Minnesota Twins became the first (and as of 2006, only) team in baseball history to turn two triple plays in the same game. Despite these defensive heroics, the Twins lost the game 1-0. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004... July 17 is the 198th day (199th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 167 days remaining. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ...


2006-07 Major-League triple plays

Two of the most recent triple plays occurred in the same stadium less than two weeks apart. On May 14, 2006, during a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota's Luis Castillo popped up a bunt attempt with two runners on in the bottom of the sixth inning. The ball was caught by Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko for the first out. Konerko then threw to second baseman Tadahito Iguchi covering first to double up Shannon Stewart who was on the move. Iguchi then threw to shortstop Juan Uribe covering second to triple off Nick Punto, also on the move. The play was the Sox's first since July 7, 2004 against the Angels and the first against the Twins since September 18, 1996. May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (135th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) White Stockings (1900-1903) St. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... This article is about the city in Minnesota. ... Luis Antonio Castillo (born September 12, 1975 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball second baseman for the Minnesota Twins. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... Paul Henry Konerko (born March 5, 1976 in Providence, Rhode Island) is a first baseman in Major League Baseball with the Chicago White Sox. ... The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... Tadahito Iguchi (井口 資仁 Iguchi Tadahito born December 4, 1974 in Tokyo, Japan) is a second baseman who played his first major league season for the 2005 World Series champions Chicago White Sox. ... Shannon Harold Stewart (born February 25, 1974 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a Major League Baseball outfielder and one of the most free-swinging lead-off hitters in the game. ... The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Juan Uribe is a Major League Baseball player who was born on (July 22, 1979). ... Nick Punto (born Nicholas Paul Punto on November 8, 1977 in San Diego, California, USA) is a Major League Baseball infielder. ... July 7 is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 177 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Ballpark Angel Stadium of Anaheim (2004–present) a. ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Thirteen days later at the Metrodome, during a game between the Minnesota Twins and the Seattle Mariners on May 27, 2006, Seattle's Kenji Johjima hit a ground ball to Luis Castillo with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning. Castillo ran down Seattle's Adrian Beltre who was coming from first base, and tagged him out before throwing the ball to first baseman Justin Morneau to get Johjima out. Morneau quickly threw to third baseman Tony Batista who tagged Seattle's Carl Everett for the third out. Everett had come from second and overran third before deciding to stay at third, but by that time Batista was able to make the tag. Minnesota had not turned a triple play since its 1990 game against Boston. Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) The Kingdome (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1997 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths... May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Kenji Johjima (城島 健司; ジョウジマ ケンジ, born June 8, 1976 in Sasebo, Japan) is a catcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Seattle Mariners in the American League. ... Adri n Beltr [ah-dree-AN bell-TRAY] (born April 7, 1979 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball third baseman who plays for the Seattle Mariners. ... Justin Ernest George Morneau (born on May 15, 1981 in New Westminster, British Columbia) is a Major League Baseball player. ... Leocadio Francisco Tony Batista (born December 9, 1973 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) is an infielder who most recently played for the Minnesota Twins, who played in the major leagues from 1996 to 2004, and played with the Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League in 2005. ... Carl Edward Everett (born June 3, 1971 in Tampa, Florida) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball. ...


On June 11, 2006 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, in a game between the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Kansas City Royals, the Royals turned an unconventional triple play with the help of an umpire appeal. Tampa Bay led Kansas City, 1-0, in the top of the second inning with men on first and third when Rays right fielder Russell Branyan lofted a fly ball to shallow center field. Royals outfielder David DeJesus caught the ball and threw home trying to get the runner going to home plate, but it went over catcher Paul Bako's head and pitcher Scott Elarton, who was backing up the play, caught the ball. Rocco Baldelli tagged up at first and tried to make it to second base, where he was thrown out. Then, the Royals appealed to third-base umpire Bob Davidson that Aubrey Huff had tagged up before DeJesus caught the ball. Shortstop Angel Berroa threw to third baseman Mark Teahen, which nullified the apparent run, and completed the 8-1-6-5 triple play. June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Kauffman Stadium (formerly Royals Stadium) is a Major League Baseball stadium located in Kansas City, Missouri, and home to the Kansas City Royals of the American League. ... Nickname: City of Fountains Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... Major league affiliations American League (1998–present) East Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 12, 42 Name Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–present) Ballpark Tropicana Field (1998–present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) none Division titles (0) none Wild card berths (0) None... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... Russell Branyan is a left-handed infielder who plays in the major leagues. ... David Christopher DeJesus (born December 20, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York) is a center fielder currently with the Kansas City Royals. ... Gabor Paul II Bako, better known simply as Paul Bako (born June 20, 1972 in Lafayette, Louisiana) is a catcher in Major League Baseball currently playing for the Kansas City Royals of the American League. ... Rocco Baldelli (born September 25, 1981 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island) is a Major League Baseball player for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. ... Aubrey Lewis Huff (born December 20, 1976 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a Major League Baseball player for the Houston Astros. ... Ángel Berroa (born January 27, 1978) is a Dominican baseball player for the Kansas City Royals. ...


Some observers questioned whether this was a valid triple play, due to baseball rule 2.00 which states "A triple play is a play by the defense in which three offensive players are put out as a result of continuous action, providing there is no error between putouts." That argument was based on the assumption that DeJesus' wild throw would be an error between the first and second outs. However, the scoring rules also state that "A fielder is charged with an error when he fails to catch a ball hit or thrown to him, or he inaccurately throws a ball to another fielder, allowing a runner to reach safely or to advance a base or allowing a batter to prolong his time at bat, if the official scorer concludes that the fielder should have successfully made the play." The scorer would have noted the fact that none of those conditions were met, thus there could be no error on the play, and the play stood as a triple play.


On September 2, 2006, the Rays produced the first ever [1] Major League triple play comprising a strikeout and two baserunners caught off base, against the Seattle Mariners. Tampa pitcher J.P. Howell struck out Raul Ibanez. Catcher Dioner Navarro fired the ball to shortstop Ben Zobrist, who tagged Adrian Beltre out. During that throw, Jose Lopez tried to go home from third, but Zobrist returned the ball to Navarro in time to put Lopez out at the plate, going in the scorebook as the first 2-6-2 triple play in MLB history. September 2 is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Major league affiliations American League (1998–present) East Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 12, 42 Name Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–present) Ballpark Tropicana Field (1998–present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) none Division titles (0) none Wild card berths (0) None... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) The Kingdome (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1997 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths... James Phillip Howell (born April 25, 1983, in Modesto, California) is a Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. ... Raúl Javier Ibánez [e-BAH-nyes] (born June 2, 1972 in New York, NY) is a designated hitter/outfielder in Major League Baseball who plays with the Seattle Mariners. ... Dioner Faviau Navarro (born February 9, 1984 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball catcher and switch-hitter who plays for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. ... Benjamin T. Zobrist (born May 26, 1981 in Eureka, Illinois) is an American baseball player and currently plays in Major League Baseball for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. ... Adri n Beltr [ah-dree-AN bell-TRAY] (born April 7, 1979 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball third baseman who plays for the Seattle Mariners. ... José López Portillo y Pacheco (Mexico City, 16 June 1920 – 17 February 2004) was the President of Mexico from 1976 to 1982. ...


The White Sox turned a triple play yet again on September 18, 2006, against the Detroit Tigers. With runners on first and second, Carlos Guillen lined out to third baseman Joe Crede. Crede then threw the ball to second baseman Tadahito Iguchi, who stepped on second and tagged the runner coming from first base to complete the play. September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


During 2007 Spring Training in Arizona, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim completed a Triple Play on 3 separate occasions, however since they did not occur during the regular season, they do not count in the statistics. 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Ballpark Angel Stadium of Anaheim (2004–present) a. ... Triple Play can refer to several things: A play in baseball, from which the game series gets its name (TP) Triple play is grouping together Internet access, TV and telephone service into one subscription on a broadband connection. ...


On April 21, 2007, the Philadelphia Phillies turned a triple play against the Cincinnati Reds. After a walk by Josh Hamilton and a single by Edwin Encarnacion, catcher David Ross grounded a ball that went from third to second to first (Abraham Nunez, Chase Utley, and Wes Helms, respectively) for the triple play. It was the first triple play for the Phillies since 1999 and the first against the Reds since 1997. April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1883–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1882) (Commonly referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Ballpark Citizens Bank Park (2004–present) Veterans Stadium... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 14, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront... Josh Hamilton is an actor based in New York who has appeared in Broadway and off Broadway productions. ... Edwin Encarnacion or Edwin Encarnación (born January 7, 1983 in La Romana, Dominican Republic) is a third baseman for Major League Baseballs Cincinnati Reds franchise. ... David Ross is a Canadian trampolining coach and manufacturer of trampolines and trampoline equipment. ... Abraham Núñez [NOO-nyez] is a left fielder currently playing with the Seattle Mariners and has a career batting average of . ... Chase Cameron Utley soooooooooooooo sex7yyy (born December 17, 1978) is a Major League Baseball second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. ... Wes Helms is a professional baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers. ...


Eight days later, on April 29, Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies turned an unassisted triple play vs. the Atlanta Braves. In the seventh inning, Tulowitzki caught third baseman Chipper Jones' line drive with the runners moving, stepped on second to retire Kelly Johnson and tagged Edgar Renteria before he could return to first. Even Tulowitzki seemed confused as to what he had done. After tagging Renteria, he went back and tagged second base again (even though Johnson had already been put out); he then unnecessarily threw the ball to first baseman Todd Helton. April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... Troy Tulowitzki was born on October 10,1984. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Ballpark Coors Field (1995–present) Mile High Stadium (1993-1994) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (0) None Wild card... In baseball, an unassisted triple play occurs when a defensive player makes three putouts by himself in one continuous play. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Larry Wayne Jones, Jr. ... Kelly Andrew Johnson (born February 22, 1982 in Austin, Texas) is a Major League Baseball player with the Atlanta Braves. ... Edgar Enrique Rentería [ren-ter-EE-ah] (born August 7, 1975 in Barranquilla, Colombia) is a Major League Baseball shortstop and right-handed batter who plays for the Boston Red Sox. ... Todd Lynn Helton (born August 20, 1973 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is a Major League Baseball first baseman who has played for the Colorado Rockies since the 1997 season. ...


See also

In baseball, an unassisted triple play occurs when a defensive player makes three putouts by himself in one continuous play. ... Statistics are very important to baseball, perhaps more than any other sport. ...

External links

  • Descriptions of MLB Triple Plays (1940-2004)
  • Baseball's Triple Plays 1876-Present

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Triple play (baseball) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (364 words)
Another common play (if such plays can be called common) is a line drive to the shortstop or second baseman that is caught and the runners are unaware of it, the runners are then forced or tagged out when they fail to tag up.
Triple plays are very rare, since a triple play requires at least two runners on base, no outs, and quick action from the fielders to perform.
The unassisted triple play, a triple play where only one fielder handles the ball, is the least common type of triple play.
Unassisted triple play - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1091 words)
All but one unassisted triple play have taken this form: the defender catches a line drive (one out), steps on a base to double off one runner (two outs), and tags another runner on his way to the next base (three outs).
The unassisted triple play and the perfect game are comparable in terms of rarity, but a perfect game requires an extraordinary effort along with a fair amount of luck.
An unassisted triple play is essentially always a matter of luck: the right circumstances, combined with the relatively simple effort of merely catching the ball and running the right direction with it.
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