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Cubs who hit fewest triples in at least 500 PA

Daniel Vogelbach's triple against the Cubs on Tuesday night was the first 3-base hit of his big league, in his 1,023rd at bat.

He had had the most at bats of any active player without smacking a triple.

That distinction now belongs to a former Cub, Victor Caratini, with 957 through Thursday.

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But plate appearances strikes me as a better metric than at bats. After all, a player has the opportunity to hit a triple every time he comes to the plate, not just when he records an official at bat -- except when walked intentionally.

Vogelbach's triple came in his 1,218th PA, including 5 such walks.

Caratini had 1,085 (10 IW) through Thursday.

Madison Bumgarner is the runnerup among active players, with 731 (0 IW).

Four other players had at least 600: Carlos Perez (670, 0 IW), Johnny Cueto (655, 0 IW), DJ Stewart (622, 2 IW) and Chance Sisco (608, 0 IW).

And ranking seventh: Patrick Wisdom of the Cubs, with 591, of which 1 was an intentional walk, including 505 as a Cub.

Rounding out the current top 10: Jose Trevino (577, 1 IW), Christian Bethancourt (566, 1 IW) and Andrew Vaughn (552).

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MOST PA IN CAREER

The all-time leader in trips to the plate without hitting a triple is Johnny Estrada, a catcher and designated hitter: 2,244, including 30 intentional walks, during his 8 seasons, 2001-08.

Infielder-DH Ryon Healy is a distant second, with 1,606 (1 IW).

Ramon Castro (1,603 with 22 IW) and Jason Phillips (1,537 with 11 IW) both catchers, are the only others with at least 1,500.

Twelve others had between 1,000 and 1,499, including 3 who spent time with the Cubs: Mark Parent (1,428, 8 IW), Earl Averill (1,218, 8 IW) and Caratini (1,085, 10 IW) All 3 were catchers.

Among all 16 with at least 1,000 PA are 4 pitchers: Gaylord Perry (1,220), Whitey Ford (1,208), Tommy John (1,030) and Lefty Gomez (1,024).

The most by any pitcher who was a Cub are 953, by Bob Buhl. Burt Hooton had 913.

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MOST AS A CUB

Catcher Wellington Castillo stepped into the batter's box 1,116 times as a Cub and never tripled.

That is a whopping 364 more PA, and 48.4 percent, more than runnerup Greg Maddux, with 752.

Castillo's total includes 6 intentional walks.

Caratini is second among non-pitchers, with 677. He was walked intentionally twice.

Here is the top 10, with their position in parentheses after their names:

1,116: Wellington Castillo (C)

752: Greg Maddux (P)

677: Victor Caratini (C)

661: Carmen Fanzone (3B)

647: Pat Malone (P)

603: George Bell (OF)

579: Todd Hundley (C)

562: Bill Hands (P)

505: Patrick Wisdom (3B-OF)

432: Nomar Garciaparra (SS)

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Excluding pitchers, the top 10 would conclude with

427: Leo Gomez (3B)

416: Chris Speier (416)

403: Matt Stairs (1B-OF)

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The batting averages, as a Cub, of the 10 non-pitchers with no triples range from .199 (Hundley) to .285 (Bell).

Wisdom has hit the most homers, 34. Caratini hit the fewest, 10.

Castillo hit 59 doubles. None of the others had more than 28. Hundley had the fewest, 18.

Castillo's 254 hits are 95 more than runnerup Bell's 159. Stairs had the fewest, 85.

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1 AND DONE

Twelve players hit exactly 1 triple as a Cub in at least 500 PA.

The top 5 by PA all were catchers, and 3 were pitchers:

1,487: Scott Servais (C) (includes 20 IW)

955: Damon Berryhill (C) (11 IW)

801: Cal Neeman (C) (9 IW)

799: Miguel Montero (C) (11 IW)

711: Barry Foote (C) (9 IW)

655: Bobby Mattick (SS) (6 IW)

625: Gene Hermanski (OF) (4 IW)

587: Tommy La Stella (2B-3B-PH) (3 IW)

578: Larry French (P)

566: Frank Thomas (1B-3B-OF) (4 IW)

560: Ken Holtzman (P)

550: Sheriff Blake (P)

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Servais' triple came on May 8, 1998, in his 1,213th PA as a Cub, spanning 613 games.

The Cubs trailed the Giants, 2-1, with 1 out and nobody on base in the seventh inning when Servais tripled to right. He tied the game moments later when the second baseman bobbled a grounder.

The Cubs won, 4-3, on Mark Grace's 2-run, bases-loaded single with 1 out in the 14th.

Servais' triple was the second of his career, the first having come for the Astros, in 1994. He never hit another, retiring with 2 in 2,778 PA.

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2 TIMERS

Twenty Cubs have hit just 2 triples in at least 500 PA.

The top 10, by PA:

1,264: Henry Rodriguez (OF) (includes 15 IW)

922: Neifi Perez (SS-2B) (5 IW)

883: Bill Lee (P)

880: Tyler Houston (C-3B) (7 IW)

824: Guy Bush (P)

809: Mark Grudzielanek (2B)

765: Jorge Soler (OF) (5 IW)

728: Rube Walker (C) (15 IW)

690: Gary Woods (OF) (4 IW)

671: Jeromy Burnitz (OF) (3 IW)

Non-pitchers among the next 10 include Ramon Martinez (631), Henry Blanco (625), Davey Lopes (539) and Jerry Hairston Jr. (522, ranking 20th).

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ALL WITH 5 OR FEWER TRIPLES

A total of 112 players have had at least 500 PA as a Cub and hit 5 or fewer triples:

0: 9

1: 12

2: 20

3: 25

4: 23

5: 23

Two are in the Cubs organization now: Wisdom and David Bote (5 in 1,038 PA).

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Among those with 3 triples, Ron Cey had by far the most PA: 2,108 (31 IW), which are 660 more than Garry Matthews' second most of 1,448 (6 IW). George Mitterwald had 1,169 (20 IW); Hank Leiber, 1,106 (15 IW); and Jacque Jones, 1,073 (11 IW).

The most PA as a Cub with 4 triples is 2,097 (17 IW), by Geovany Soto. He is followed by Rick Wilkins (1,567, 28 IW), Derrick May (1,340, 14 IW), Albert Almora Jr. (1,316, 6 IW) and Marlon Byrd (1,159, 4 IW).

Moises Alou leads in PA among those with 5 triples, with 2,097 (13 IW). The others with at least 1,000: Alex Gonzalez (1,304, 8 IW), Steve Swisher (1,254, 16 IW), Luis Valbuena (1,214, 9 IW), Rickey Gutierrez (1,148, 0 IW), Jerry Martin (1,119, 9 IW), Vance Law (1,075, 4 IW) and David Bote (1,038, 5 IW).

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LONG TIME BETWEEN TRIPLES

Sammy Sosa hit 32 triples during his 13 seasons as a Cub. But he hit none in his final 400 games, the longest streak without a triple by any batter in team history.

After his last triple, Sosa came to the plate 1,736 times before leaving the Cubs. That is 519 PA, or 43 percent more, than the 1,217 by Vogelbach before he hit his first triple!

Here are all 17 streaks of at least 250 games:

400: Sammy Sosa, 2002-04

359: Randy Hundley, 1969-73

330: Jerry Morales, 1974-77

323: Scott Servais, 1995-98

306: Wellington Castillo, 2010-15

306: Manny Trillo, 1978 and 1986-88

298: Aramis Ramirez, 200-06

293: Greg Maddux, 1986-92 and 2004-06

287: Henry Rodriguez, 1998-2000

275: Lennie Merullo, 1944-47

266: Keith Moreland, 1985-87

266: Geovany Soto, 2009-12

258: Alfonso Soriano, 2007-09

256: Jody Davis, 1984-86

250: Tommy La Stella, 2016-18

250: Sammy Sosa, 1997-99

Ernie Banks just missed the cut, with 247 straight games in 1967-69.

Fourteen more players had at least 200. Willson Contreras' triple on May 7 ended his streak of 206 games. He had 798 PA between triples.

The Cubs' longest active streak belongs to Wisdom, at 142 games through Thursday.



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