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April 18, 2004
BASEBALL: The Power of Yan

I noted this in the comments the other day to the Mad Hibernian's post on Dontrelle Willis' slugging exploits: there's actually an active pitcher who's tied for the all-time record for career slugging percentage among players with more than one major league at bat: Esteban Yan, who has a homer, a single and a sacrifice hit in his three major league plate appearances. Equally interesting: he's only seen five pitches in those three plate appearances, and he's never batted in the minor leagues (I noted Yan homering on the first pitch he saw as a professional ballplayer as a sign of the apocalypse back in June 2000).

Yan's career slugging % of 2.500 ties him with pitcher Frank O'Connor, who posted a similar batting line for the 1893 Phillies. Two others have a slugging average of 2.000 - Ed Irvin, one of the sandlot subs from the famous Tigers strike game in 1912, who tripled in two of his three at bats, and Red Sox pitcher Hal Deviney, who singled and tripled in his only at bats in 1920.

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Stupid Fact: Eddie Irvin and Willie McCovey are the only players in MLB history who tripled in each of their first two at-bats.

Historically, there have been about 14,000 major leaguers who had at least two at-bats, and almost exactly 1% of all hits in MLB history have been triples (something like 0.97%) so you'd have about a 10,000-to-1 chance of hitting triples in back-to-back at-bats.

So it's not surprising that one or two players have accomplished this feat, although it's interesting that one of the guys who did it never played in another game, and that the other went on to hit 521 homers in a hall of fame career.

Posted by: Chris at April 24, 2004 3:23 AM
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