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David Ortiz has managed a triple in 11 straight seasons

Aug 23, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hit his first triple of the season Sunday in Boston’s 5-0 victory over the Blue Jays, driving a Shaun Marcum pitch into the tricky left-center field gap at Fenway Park. 

The annual Big Papi triple has become a sort of tradition for Red Sox fans and the beat writers who cover them.  He has managed at least one three-bagger per season since 2000, when he was a member of the Twins. 

No matter what you might think about “Red Sox Nation” and Big Papi as a personality, it’s always pretty great to see those big legs trucking around the basepaths.

As Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal points out, Ortiz is one of only three American League players to have a triple in each of the last 11 seasons and the Red Sox have won eight of the 10 games in which he has accomplished the feat.

Ortiz is batting .267 with a healthy .919 OPS, 27 homers, 27 doubles and 79 RBI over 393 at-bats this season.  Sunday’s single and triple raised his slugging percentage a whole five points, from .542 to .547. 

The Red Sox are 6.5 games back of the Yankees in the American League East and 5.5 games behind the Rays in the hunt for the AL’s Wild Card.

  1. JK - Aug 23, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    This just in. David Ortiz managed to make a profit in those 11 seasons too…

  2. Jonny5 - Aug 23, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    It’s not a big poopie unless there’s at least a triple.

  3. Detroit Michael - Aug 23, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Given the frequency with which players move between leagues, does anyone care about who has an AL-only streak of at least one triple in each of the past 11 seasons?
    Using the play index feature at baseball-reference.com, 13 players have at least one triple during each of the past 11 MLB seasons, including (now) David Ortiz. The longest “at least one triple per season” streak that is current actively belongs to Ivan Rodriguez, a catcher, who has done it for 19 staight years including 2010. (Omar Vizquel had zero triples in 1995, wrecking his chance at an even longer streak.)
    In other words, while it’s still a fun thing, if one expresses the accomplishment in more neutral terms, David Ortiz’ triple streak isn’t all that unusual.

  4. GP - Aug 23, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Except that he’s a big guy and a perceived slow runner. Pudge and Omar can both run so it’s not as surprising they have equal or better streaks.
    It’s not the stat that makes this interesting. It’s who the stat belongs to.

  5. Omega - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Go Big Papi!
    Nice runnin’!

  6. wickethewok - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:07 AM

    Ah, the annual running of the Papi.

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