Sep 25, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT
White Sox leadoff man Alejandro De Aza was threatening to go the whole year without grounding into a double play, but his long streak ended in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s loss to the Indians.
Before that grounder, De Aza had 570 plate appearances this season without a GIDP. Baseball-reference has double play data since 1939 and only two players have ever had more plate appearances in a year without ever grounding into a double play. Houston’s Craig Biggio went an incredible 744 plate appearances in 1997 without ever hitting into one. The Tigers’ Dick McAuliffe is No. 2 on the list. He had 658 plate appearances in 1968.
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