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statquo
09-05-2011, 05:16 AM
In baseball, an unassisted triple play occurs when a defensive player makes all three putouts by himself in one continuous play, without any teammates touching the ball (assist). In Major League Baseball (MLB), it is one of the rarest of individual feats, along with hitting four home runs in one game and hitting for a natural cycle. There have been more perfect games in baseball history than unassisted triple plays. During a span of over 65 seasons (June 1927 to September 1992), there was only one unassisted triple play in the major leagues, made in July 1968. Even "ordinary" (assisted) triple plays are fairly rare, occurring a few times per year.

A. Cabrera and Eric Bruntlett were recent unassisted triple plays. But what I meant to ask is it the unanimous hardest play in baseball?

Ron!n
09-05-2011, 05:57 AM
I don't think its hard, but it just takes some special circumstances.

I'm almost certain we'll end up seeing one again, I still remember the one that Furcal made when he was on the Braves. It was against the Cards and Chris Carpenter was batting.

GenericScreenNm
09-05-2011, 09:05 AM
Hardest not by a long a shot. An inside the park homerun or even a triple is harder to get then an unassisted triple play.

What it takes to get one is a perfectly hit ball with 2 or 3 men on base and those players be a little aggresive or trying a double steal?

Its not hard its just rare due to circumstances needed.

RedSox>Yankees
09-05-2011, 10:36 AM
An unassisted triple play isn't hard to perform, it's just rare.

Giraffes Rule
09-05-2011, 12:01 PM
Eric Bruntlett just did it, what, 3 years ago? Of course we'll see one again.

misterd
09-05-2011, 12:24 PM
Hardest to get and therefore the rarest, but not the most difficult to perform.

Will you see one again? Depends on how much time you have left.

Jeffy25
09-05-2011, 12:33 PM
ummmm yeah?


We'll definitely see it again

sep11ie
09-05-2011, 12:36 PM
If I don't see another unassisted triple play in my lifetime I won't watch baseball ever while I'm dead.

ritz
09-06-2011, 08:08 AM
What it takes to get one is a perfectly hit ball with 2 or 3 men on base and those players be a little aggresive or trying a double steal?

Its not hard its just rare due to circumstances needed.

Pretty much. The only one I can remember off the top of my head is Bruntlett's because it was against the Mets and it wasn't hard by any means. Runner on 1st and 2nd with Francoeur up to bat. Both runners took off, Francoeur lined the ball towards the middle and since Bruntlett was running that way to cover the bag he caught it (1), tagged 2nd (2) and then tagged the runner that was going 1st to 2nd (3).

Pinstripe pride
09-06-2011, 08:54 AM
unassidted triple plays are not hard, so no. and we will defiently see more of them.

PhillyBoomerang
09-06-2011, 09:09 AM
more luck then skill, any infielder in baseball can turn the unassisted triple play. just need a lot of other factors turn out alright

nithanyo
09-06-2011, 09:13 AM
i think 4 home runs in one game is the hardest.

mtf
09-06-2011, 09:58 AM
i think 4 home runs in one game is the hardest.

definitely harder than 5 home runs in 1 game.

nithanyo
09-06-2011, 10:44 AM
definitely harder than 5 home runs in 1 game.

LOL ya 5 is harder but I'm talking bout stats achieved in recent history. I don't think anyone in the modern era has hit 5.

Bombtista
09-06-2011, 11:16 AM
It was a fluke then and there is no reason we couldn't have a fluke like that again

S.P.
09-06-2011, 05:26 PM
I'd like to see an unassisted play from an outfielder. Now THAT would be something. ;)

tr3ymill3r
09-06-2011, 05:54 PM
Yes it is the most difficult play in baseball. First off an inside the park homerun could take play at any at bat as well as a triple. However you must first have 2 runners on base and have 0 outs.

kmo429
09-06-2011, 06:09 PM
Its one of those plays that can only happen under particular circumstances and you need a combination of luck, bad baserunning, good positioning, and much more luck!

But yes we'll see them again. With that, it's technically the single rarest play in baseball.

davids22
09-07-2011, 03:04 AM
5 for 5 with 5 HRs is probably the hardest thing that could possibly be done. Mike Cameron was probably the closest when he was 4 for 4 with 4 HRs and actually got a 5th at bat. And correct me if I'm wrong, but I think he got it out the warning track.