The New York Yankees have had six triple plays in their history. The most recent one came on August 5, 2016 against the Baltimore Orioles.
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In baseball, a triple play (abbreviated TP) is the rare act of making three outs during the same continuous playing of the game. A triple play generally happens when the batting team hits a ball towards the infield and, before three batters can be put out, the fielding team manages to touch first, second and third base all with the one ball in play.
What is a Triple Play?
In baseball, a triple play is the rarest of the defensive plays. It’s also one of the most exciting. A triple play happens when the defense gets three outs on one play.
There are different types of triple plays, but they all have one thing in common: they’re pretty darn hard to pull off. In fact, there have only been 300 reported triple plays in MLB history.
The most common type of triple play is when the offensive team hits the ball into the outfield and the runner on first base tries to advance to second base. The outfielder then throws to the second baseman, who tags the runner out and then throws to the first baseman to get the batter out.
another type of triple play happens when there are runners on first and second base and the batter hits a fly ball to the outfield. The runner from first base tries to advance to third base, but is thrown out by the outfielder. The outfielder then throws to the third baseman, who tags out the runner from second base and then throws to the first baseman to get the batter out.
The third type of triple play is called a 5-4-3 or 6-4-3 double play because it’s really just two double plays that happen back-to-back. This happens when there are runners on first and second base and the batter hits a grounder to either the shortstop or third baseman. The shortstop or third baseman then steps on his respective base to force out the runner from second base and then throws to eitherthe second baseman or first baseman (depending on which side ofthe infield he’s on) to getthe batter out. Meanwhile,the other infielder has thrown towitherthe catcher or pitcher (dependingonwhich sideof home plate he’son)to gettherunnerfromfirst basetaggedout aswell.
The Yankees Triple Plays
The New York Yankees have had a total of 18 triple plays in their history. The first triple play in franchise history was on August 23, 1923, and the most recent triple play was on September 27, 2011. Triple plays are relatively rare and the Yankees have had more than any other team in Major League Baseball.
The First Triple Play
The very first triple play in franchise history was recorded on August 17, 1911, just a few weeks into the team’s history. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Boston Red Sox hitter Heinie Wagner hit a grounder to third baseman Fritz Maisel, who threw to second baseman Hal Chase for the first out. Chase then threw to first baseman Elmer Smith for the second out. Red Sox runner Rube Manning was caught between third and home plate and was tagged out by catcher Hank Gowdy for the third and final out of the inning, preserving a 5-4 Yankees victory.
The Second Triple Play
On September 11, 1923, the Yankees pulled off their second triple play in team history. With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Earl Combs hit a line drive to Detroit Tigers third baseman Ossie Vitt. Vitt stepped on third base to force out Aaron Ward and then threw to second baseman Del Pratt, who forced out Les Nunamaker. Pratt then threw to first baseman Wally Pipp, who beat Combs to the bag for the final out of the game.
The Yankees have had a total of 27 triple plays in their team history. The most recent one occurred on April 21, 2019, against the Toronto Blue Jays.