In which Matt Wieters isn’t special

Matt Wieters got his first major-league hit tonight, a stand-up triple.  I wondered:  was he the first catcher ever to have a triple as his first hit in the bigs?  This is the kind of question that the amazing Baseball Reference Play Index is made to answer, and the answer is nope:  in fact, Yorvit Torrealba did it — in his first major league plate appearance, no less! — in 2001.

Update: In fact, want to know another catcher whose first major-league hit was a triple?  Dane Sardinha, the opposing catcher in tonight’s game!

Update:  In case you’re not reading the comments — know who the opposing catcher was when Dane Sardinha got his first major-league hit?  Yup — Yorvit Torrealba.  Now that is a piece of baseball trivia for true connoisseurs.

Guthrie has 10 strikeouts in the first 6 innings but keeps getting in trouble; I think of it as being kind of hard to pitch a bad game when you strike out 10 batters, but in this connection B-R PI pulls up last month’s stinker of a start by Toronto’s David Purcey; 10 strikeouts, but 6 walks and 5 runs allowed, and he didn’t make it out of the 5th.



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2 thoughts on “In which Matt Wieters isn’t special

  1. Ken says:

    Thank you for this research. I was at the game with a friend and we wondered about catcher’s and triples right then. Ironically, I’m a Tigers fan and saw Sardinha’s triple on TV last year, but had forgotten it was his first hit. But when I read this, I remembered. This is the only place I could find the answer to this question. Good job.

  2. Ken says:

    Also, the catcher when Sardinha hit his triple was … Torrealba. It came in Interleague play. How weird is that?

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