By JERRY TAPP
If you have been paying attention to Brewers games this season, have you noticed something that has not happened very frequently in their games … the lack of triples, especially by the Brewers hitters?
For the record, the Brewers have hit only four triples in 68 games this season. They are on a pace to have only 10 for the season. The fewest three-baggers in a season for the franchise are 17 in 1998. The Brewers have the second-fewest triples in the majors this season; the Cardinals have only three this season.
Let’s take a look at a few triples stats; those involving players with the most hits in a season and in a career without a triple.
Most hits in a season without a triple
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees, 2012, 216
Magglio Ordonez, Detroit, 2007, 216
Miquel Tejada, Baltimore, 2006, 214
Mike Sweeney, Kansas City, 2000, 206
Miquel Cabrera, Detroit, 2012, 205
Miquel Tejada, Oakland, 2002, 204
Adrian Beltre, L.A. Dodgers, 2004, 200
Most hits in a career without a triple
Johnny Estrada, 2001-08, 576
Jason Phillips, 2001-07, 344
Ramon Castro, 1999-2011, 338
It’s interesting to note that current Brewers outfielder Domingo Santana currently ranks fourth on the above list for most career hits without a triple with 293. Santana also currently ranks first on the list of Brewers with the most hits without a triple at 283. He is followed by Carlos Lee with 275 and Larry Hisle with 219.
Most hits by a Brewers player in a season without a triple are 164 held by Carlos Lee in 2005. He is followed by Dave Nilsson, 1997, 154; Prince Fielder, 2010, 151 and Larry Hisle, 1978, 151
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