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Schulte's a two-time home run king
And Bob Dillinger led the AL in steals three times.
How the heck does someone lead the league in both triples and GIDP? Did he fall down a lot?
Red Sox hitters have seven of the top fourteen highest GIDP seasons of all-time - Rice (thrice), Jensen, Armas, Doerr, and Yaz are all on the list. Just a weird coincedence?
What two active players (teammates!) have the third highest total (tied with Ben Grieve,, Cal Ripken, and Jensen)?
The trend for the league is down as well, as a group (423 less per game, and over 1,000,000 in total at the end of the season).
I always had it in my mind that Earl Webb was a 2B.
And how does a right-hander in Fenway Park lead the league in triples? I'd think that if anything, the Green Monster would turn triples into doubles.
Granted, 423/game isn't a lot of people, but that would worry me if I was MLB. There really isn't any outside factor that should be acting as a drag on attendance - the economy's not great, but it's no worse than it was last year (and by most measures a bit better) and the extra wild card was supposed to juice attendance.
Leading the league in both triples and DPs is weird, because you figure if you're hitting triples, you're getting the ball in the air
IN the early/mid 60s I got a Hughie Critz baseball card in an all time greats set. Even then I couldn't see what made him an all time great.
What I don't know is if a GIDP is charged when the batter is retired first and a runner then tagged, as on a groundball right to the first-base bag with a runner on first.
The scenario you describe is known as a "reverse force double play"; I don't know for sure but I assume these are included in the GIDP totals.
What about non ground-ball DPs (liners, busted sac flies)? I presume they're not, but I honestly have no idea.
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