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Orlando Hudson is suddenly a triples machine at age 34

May 16, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

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While looking over some of the league leaders just now I stumbled across this odd stat: Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson has an MLB-high five triples in 34 games. And he has zero doubles.

Not surprisingly all five of Hudson’s triples have come in spacious Petco Park, but here’s the weird thing: Last season, playing for the same team in the same home ballpark, Hudson hit 15 doubles and three triples in 119 games, including just one triple at Petco Park.

Even weirder, Hudson is 34 years old and has never reached double-digit triples in a season. He hasn’t had more than six triples in a season since 2007 and overall for his career Hudson had 253 doubles and 58 triples coming into this season.

And now apparently he’s simply decided to keep running when he gets to second base.

  1. mdpickles - May 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM


  2. b7p19 - May 16, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    So more than half of his hits this season have been triples?

  3. Cris E - May 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Is this why they were thinking of cutting him last week, not enough doubles, too many triples?

    • vanmorrissey - May 16, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      No, the fact he has the range of a penguin and contributes nothing as far as leadership role to a young team has something to do with it. Can’t trade him since no one wants him.

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