Feb 13

Countdown to Opening Day: 51 team triples

John-Buck-Triple.jpgAs we slog through the time that’s sandwiched between the end of
football and the start of baseball, I’ll be counting down the days until
Opening Day with a countdown of random Royals-related numbers. Most of them
mean nothing – this isn’t supposed to be a groundbreaking series of research –
but they’ll hopefully make the days go faster until Opening Day.

51 Days = 51 Royals triples in 2009

The Royals tripled 51 times in 2009, more than any other team in the Majors, and a whopping 11 more than the next-highest American League total. 

The Twins were 2nd in triples, so apparently tripling is one of The Little Things that Minnesota Always Does Right (TM).

Tm 3B ?
KCR 51
MIN 40
TBR 36
DET 35
LAA 33
LgAvg 28
CLE 28
TEX 27
BOS 25
OAK 21
NYY 21
CHW 20
SEA 19
BAL 19
TOR 13
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/13/2010.

David DeJesus led the Royals with 9 triples, followed by Alberto Callaspo and Willie Bloomquist with 8 apiece. And somehow, two Royals catchers led all Major League catchers in the category: Miguel Olivo came in first with five, and John Buck had four. Why not, right?

51 was also the number of doubles Billy Butler hit last season.

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