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Big night in Cleveland! CI and UTP!
2008-05-12 17:28
by Bob Timmermann

In the top of the fifth in the second game of a doubleheader in Cleveland, Toronto's Lyle Overbay lined into an unassisted triple play. Indians second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera pulled it off.

Troy Tulowitzki had the last unassisted triple play, last year on April 29.

Cabrera is the third Cleveland player to pull off an unassisted triple play. Neal Ball, a shortstop, had one on July 19, 1909 and Bill Wambsganss had one on October 10, 1920 in Game 5 of the World Series.

Cabrera's UTP was the 13th in regular season play.

2008-05-12 17:51:22
1.   rbj
Wambsganss? Man what a name.
2008-05-12 17:54:04
2.   vockins
Has there ever been an unassisted triple play and a CI in the same game before?
2008-05-12 17:57:14
3.   Bob Timmermann
I will go out on a limb and say no.
2008-05-12 17:59:06
4.   bobsbrother
Despite its rarity, the UTP is one of the least spectacular plays in baseball. It takes a couple of seconds, there's no anticipation. The guy catches a line drive, steps on the base and tags a guy out. The fielder never makes a diving catch. It's just hit right at him.
2008-05-12 18:25:22
5.   Travis08
4 Actually, Cabrera made a diving catch tonight.
2008-05-12 18:41:42
6.   Bob Timmermann
2008-05-12 18:55:00
7.   Johnny Nucleo
Is there a rarer play in baseball? I can't think of one.
2008-05-12 18:57:15
8.   Johnny Nucleo
6 Watch the 2nd base ump in that replay. He almost looks like he's doing the Tomahawk Chop.
2008-05-12 18:59:57
9.   Bob Timmermann
There has been only one game-ending catcher's interference play in the history of the major leagues.
2008-05-12 19:09:20
10.   Johnny Nucleo
That's a rare event, but a CI isn't as rare a play as a UTP. I guess there's probably some double play combinations that are even more rare than a UTP.
2008-05-12 19:09:45
11.   Bob Timmermann
How about a 2-8 CS?
2008-05-12 19:10:10
12.   Ember Nickel
Retrosheet has a set of all no-hitters and all cycle games, but not UTP games to look it up.

I could, but I'm lazy. :-p

2008-05-12 19:15:24
13.   Johnny Nucleo
11 Yes!

And bunt doubles. Those are also pretty rare.

2008-05-12 19:16:48
14.   Jon Weisman
How about ye olde x-x-2-2 putout?
2008-05-12 19:16:55
15.   Bob Timmermann

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2008-05-12 19:19:12
16.   Travis08
Triples to the pitcher?

2008-05-12 19:25:03
17.   Bob Timmermann
Last year, I saw David Wells double for the Dodgers. Then he was thrown out at third on a ground ball to second, 4-5. And he was out by a mile.

Later in the game, Wells was at first after a single and Matt Kemp was on third. Rafael Furcal tried a safety squeeze and Kemp was safe, but Wells was forced at second by the third baseman, 5-6.

2008-05-12 20:10:20
18.   Ali Nagib
What about Carlos "The Jackal" Zambrano getting a hit from both sides of the plate, as a pitcher, tonight? How rare is that?
2008-05-12 20:15:45
19.   Bob Timmermann
Since 1956, there had only been six pitchers who had been hit twice in a game and they were all right-handed.

The last player to get by a pitch from both sides of the plate was Jorge Posada.

Barry Zito and Kirk Saarloos did the damage.

2008-05-12 20:19:06
20.   Bob Timmermann
Milton Bradley was the last NL player to get hit from both sides of the plate and that was back in 2005 when he was on the Dodgers and playing against Arizona. Casey Fossum and Mike Koplove doing the honors.
2008-05-12 20:28:15
21.   Johnny Nucleo
16 That's amazing. Do you have a detailed description of that play?
2008-05-12 20:31:41
22.   Bob Timmermann
Terrero hit a line drive back through the box. Sanchez tried to stop it by throwing his glove in the air and he hit the ball.

By rule, that's an automatic triple.

2008-05-12 20:41:12
23.   Eric Enders
18 , 19 See what a difference the little article "a" makes!
2008-05-12 20:51:36
24.   Bob Timmermann
Oh, that makes a difference.

Zambrano already had a game earlier this season with a hit from both sides of the plate. Back on April 16.

2008-05-12 20:53:26
25.   Travis08
How about a runner scoring from first on a wild pitch?

2008-05-12 20:57:51
26.   Eric Enders
For what it's worth, here's a list of all 250 games in which a switch-hitting pitcher has collected at least two hits. All your culprits will be found therein. (At least all the ones since 1956.)

2008-05-13 03:05:56
27.   unmoderated
heh, i saw the highlight and thought, "bob is gonna be so excited!"
2008-05-13 07:32:45
28.   dianagramr

we all have our fetishes :-)

2008-05-13 07:52:06
29.   Daniel Zappala
6 Watching that highlight, I've got to say --there's nothing more annoying than a color guy calmly saying "triple play, triple play" before the lead announcer can even describe what is happening. Talk about a kill-joy.
2008-05-13 09:24:25
30.   El Lay Dave
I once saw on TV an MLB CF pass up a UTP opportunity. I don't remember who it was or what teams, but with the runners going from first and second, the batter hit a sinking liner toward a shallow playing CF who made a shoestring catch and could easily have continued in to tag 2B and then the runner from first, but as he recovered from the catch he underhanded to one of the middle infielders who recorded the last two putouts.

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