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pierzynski07
05-12-2008, 10:09 PM
http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080512&content_id=2686835&vkey=news_cle&fext=.jsp&c_id=cle

Gavin
05-12-2008, 10:21 PM
That was the easiest triple play I've ever seen in my life. Not to take anything away from Cabrera, but talk about being in the right place at the right time with the double steal going!

DSpivack
05-12-2008, 10:33 PM
That was the easiest triple play I've ever seen in my life. Not to take anything away from Cabrera, but talk about being in the right place at the right time with the double steal going!

I believe Chuck Knoblauch turned a nearly identical one a few years back at Yankee Stadium, vs. the A's.

ComiskeyBrewer
05-12-2008, 10:34 PM
All 3 guys who were the baserunners are former brewers. ouch.

pierzynski07
05-12-2008, 10:36 PM
That was the easiest triple play I've ever seen in my life. Not to take anything away from Cabrera, but talk about being in the right place at the right time with the double steal going!
That play is always easy to turn.

An unassisted triple play is nearly as rare as a perfect game (14 utps compared to 16 pgs if memory serves me correctly). One shows an incredible amount of skill and dominance, with a little bit of luck, while the other involves very little skill.

TDog
05-13-2008, 12:05 AM
The only unassisted tripleplay I've ever seen live was turned by Randy Velarde who holds the distinction of having the lowest fielding percentage in an inning where turning an unassisted tripleplay. Velarde made an error previously in his inning.

At least I assume Cabrera didn't make an error in his tripleplay inning Monday.

areilly
05-13-2008, 01:22 AM
I believe Chuck Knoblauch turned a nearly identical one a few years back at Yankee Stadium, vs. the A's.

Knobby never did it, but Mickey Morandini getting one against the Bucs in 1992 remains the 2nd coolest thing to happen in 1991 or 1992. Randy Velarde may be the one you're thinking of:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unassisted_triple_play

jackbrohamer
05-13-2008, 08:27 AM
It's odd how they seem to come in bunches; two since last April 27 (Tulowitzki & Cabrera); 2 in 1927 (in consecutive days! May 30 and 31) and 2 in 1923 (22 days apart).

doublem23
05-13-2008, 08:35 AM
It's odd how they seem to come in bunches; two since last April 27 (Tulowitzki & Cabrera); 2 in 1927 (in consecutive days! May 30 and 31) and 2 in 1923 (22 days apart).

Yeah, that is weird... There's been 6 in the last 16 years, about 1 every 3 seasons, yet in the 65 years before that, there was only 1. :o:

TDog
05-13-2008, 11:28 AM
... 2 in 1927 (in consecutive days! May 30 and 31) ...

I read that Johnny Neun reading about Jimmy Cooney's unassisted tripleplay in the newspaper and said, "I got to get me one of those," or something to that effect. Even though Neun played first base, he reportedly seized on an opportunity to get all three outs without throwing he ball. He reportedly ran a long way to get the third out when throwing the ball was called for.

In most cases they happen quickly and come from baseball instinct.

Jjav829
05-13-2008, 11:48 AM
Yeah, that is weird... There's been 6 in the last 16 years, about 1 every 3 seasons, yet in the 65 years before that, there was only 1. :o:

Teams are obviously emphasizing unassisted triple plays more these days.

DSpivack
05-13-2008, 11:50 AM
Knobby never did it, but Mickey Morandini getting one against the Bucs in 1992 remains the 2nd coolest thing to happen in 1991 or 1992. Randy Velarde may be the one you're thinking of:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unassisted_triple_play

Velarde would be it. I knew it was A's @ Yankees, just didn't remember the player.

VeeckAsInWreck
05-13-2008, 12:05 PM
Knobby never did it, but Mickey Morandini getting one against the Bucs in 1992 remains the 2nd coolest thing to happen in 1991 or 1992. Randy Velarde may be the one you're thinking of:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unassisted_triple_play

The Mickey Morandini one was interesting because no one really knows what happened to the ball. Curt Schilling who was pitching claims that he has it, however video of it shows that Morandini simply rolled the ball to the mound. Then they zoom in to show that the pirates pitcher picked up the ball and on the first pitch it was fouled off into the stands. There was a fun piece done on it for This Week In Baseball in '93.

ondafarm
05-13-2008, 12:41 PM
Yeah, that is weird... There's been 6 in the last 16 years, about 1 every 3 seasons, yet in the 65 years before that, there was only 1. :o:


It might help that wheras in 1927 (81=16 + 65 years ago) there were only sixteen ML teams, there are now thirty. Also with 162 games per season there are now twice as many opportunities for them as before.

viagracat
05-13-2008, 07:43 PM
That was the easiest triple play I've ever seen in my life. Not to take anything away from Cabrera, but talk about being in the right place at the right time with the double steal going!

Fair enough, but that was still a great catch to make it all possible.