• Two 13’s and a 10

    Posted by on September 25th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    I was just looking at Alex Rodriguez’ career Yankees stats, to date, and I noticed something. For a guy who hits a lot of a lot of homers, it seemed like he doesn’t hit a lot of doubles or triples.

    O.K., yeah, triples are rare anyway. But, the doubles thing still had my attention. So, I pulled out the CBE and asked it to tell me, since 1961, for guys with (around) the same number of Yankees career PA (as A-Rod, to date) who has hit the fewest doubles? This is what I got:


    This is interesting. In the last 46 years, for guys who had about 2,000 PA in their Yankees career, Jim Leyritz, Alex Rodriguez, and Rick Cerone have hit the fewest doubles.

    Now, Leyritz and Cerone were slow catchers. They have an excuse. But, Rodriguez has a ton more homers to his credit than those two. So, A-Rod is still trotting around the bases a lot.

    There’s nothing really here, to say, in terms of the three of these players being at the top of this list as a group.

    If anything, what this data tells us is, if someone were to ask you “What’s he going to do?” when Alex Rodriguez steps to the plate, your answer should be one of the following:

    1. Make an out.
    2. Hit a single.
    3. Get a walk.
    4. Hit a homer.

    You should probably never say “Hit a triple” and if you say “Hit a double” then you’re working against the odds.

    And, if A-Rod should hit for the cycle someday, that would be something – given these stats.

    Comments on Two 13’s and a 10

    1. Raf
      September 25th, 2006 | 3:20 pm

      Speaking of ARod, did you catch Brattain’s latest?


    2. September 25th, 2006 | 4:00 pm

      Saw that.

      Made me think of:


      Does anyone get on JB for talking about A-Rod so much?


    3. adam
      September 25th, 2006 | 6:10 pm

      this reminds me of rickey henderson and triples. he hit for decent power with amazing speed, yet only had 66 triples over 10961 at bats and 25 seasons (166 at bats per triple).

      for comparison, carl crawford, a rickey-lite type player has 64 career triples in 2741 at bats and 5 seasons(43 at bats per triple).

      baseball is a funny game huh?

    4. christopher
      September 25th, 2006 | 9:10 pm

      Lefties (like Crawford) have a big advantage because they’re more likely to hit the ball into the RF corner and get a quicker jump out of the box. Right handed hitters (like Rickey and A-rod) just don’t hit as many triples. Of the top 15 active leaders for triples, 14 are lefties or switch hitters – just 1 righty. It’s been over 50 yrs since a righty has hit more than 15 triples in the AL.

    5. adam
      September 25th, 2006 | 11:11 pm

      i agree that lefties have an advantage, my choice of crawford was obviously a poor one, but nevertheless, rickey does have an abnormally low triple rate.

      i took a quick look at right handed hitters with with better rates than rickey, and a hell of a lot less steals (at bats per triple):

      Nomar Garciaparra – 87
      Reggie Sanders – 99
      Raul Mondesi – 118
      Royce Clayton – 125
      Derek Jeter – 131

      so, in summation, i just wanted to point out how odd it was that maybe the fastest baseball player ever, has such an abnormally low triple rate. i am sure others have worse rates than rickey, but as far as righties go, would you think he would be near the top of triples leaders?

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