When you visit a baseball park, occasionally you will witness something that has never been seen before. The Minnesota Twins, for example, recently completed a type of triple play that has never been seen in MLB history.
Though it would be more correct to claim that the Chicago White Sox ran into the triple play, the Minnesota Twins turned the first-ever triple play against the home team (GameTracker).
A.J. Pollock appeared to hit a three-run home run or at least an extra-base hit against Twins pitcher Griffin Jax in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox with no outs and men on first and second.
Even though the triple play is the main event, you should pause to acknowledge Buxton’s catch.
Ryan Jeffers, the catcher for the Twins, appeared to agree since he sank forward as soon as he noticed the contact.
The White Sox baserunners then made really poor plays, compared to Buxton’s excellent play.
Based on the launch angle and exit velocity, Statcast estimates that Pollock’s drive had an 82% chance of being successful. Buxton is a legitimate All-Star caliber center fielder.
According to Sarah Langs of MLB.com, this was the first 8-5 triple play ever recorded in the MLB.
Statcast predicted a hit for the White Sox, with Pollock’s fly ball traveling 389 feet and earning an.820 xBA (or an 82% likelihood of being a hit).
However, even if everything went perfectly, there would still be an 18% risk of making a monumentally awful gaffe.
For the 27th time, a triple play has been initiated by a center fielder; the last time this happened was in 2010, when Angel Pagan of the New York Mets made a shoestring catch to initiate an 8-2-6-3 triple play against the Washington Nationals.
Buxton’s season slash line of.227/.302/.576 puts him fourth in the American League with 22 home runs.
Due to his power and fielding, he still has a chance to be chosen for his first All-Star game of his career this month.