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Ryan’s triples stacking up


During Tuesday night’s fifth inning at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Brendan Ryan shot a ball into the left field corner and ran hard right out of the box. Taking advantage of below-average defender Ryan Braun, the Cardinals shortstop slid into third base ahead of the throw.

It was Ryan’s team-leading seventh three-base hit this season and the Cardinals’ 24th as a team in 2009.

The National League co-leaders in triples this season are Michael Bourn of Houston and Shane Victorino of Philadelphia with 11 each. The Colorado Rockies lead the Senior Circuit with 43 three-base hits.

Ryan’s total is just one off the Cardinals team best this decade. Fernando Vina had eight triples in 2001. The top basestealer in the Tony La Russa years in St. Louis was Delino Deshields, who collected 14 triples back in 1997.

As a team, both the 2001 and 2003 Cardinals amassed the highest total of triples this decade with 32. Led by Deshields, the 1997 Redbirds’ sum of 39 three-base hits is La Russa’s St. Louis best.

Team total and individual leader, triples, Cardinals by season, 1996-2009

Year Team Leader #
2009 24 Brendan Ryan 7
2008 27 Skip Schumaker 5
2007 13 Edmonds, Rolen 2
Schumaker, Cairo 2
2006 27 Aaron Miles 5
Juan Encarnacion 5
2005 26 David Eckstein 7
2004 24 Scott Rolen 4
2003 32 Bo Hart 5
2002 26 Fernando Vina 5
2001 32 Fernando Vina 8
2000 25 Fernando Vina 6
1999 27 J.D. Drew 6
1998 30 Delino DeShields 8
1997 39 Delino DeShields 14
1996 31 Ray Lankford 8

Most triples in a season, Cardinals, 1996-2009

# Player Year
14 Delino DeShields 1997
8 Fernando Vina 2001 Delino DeShields 1998 Ray Lankford 1996
7 Brendan Ryan 2009 David Eckstein 2005 Brian Jordan 1998
6 Fernando Vina 2000 J.D. Drew 1999
5 Skip Schumaker 2008 Juan Encarnacion 2006 Aaron Miles 2006
Bo Hart 2003 Fernando Vina 2002
J.D. Drew 2001 Royce Clayton 1997
4 Joe Thurston 2009 Adam Kennedy 2008 Scott Spiezio 2006
Scott Rolen 2004 Fernando Vina 2003
Scott Rolen 2002 Kerry Robinson 2002
Albert Pujols 2001 Placido Polanco 2001
Joe McEwing 1999 Ron Gant 1997
Willie McGee 1997 Royce Clayton 1996
Gary Gaetti 1996
3 Julio Lugo 2009 Ryan Ludwick 2008 Cesar Izturis 2008
John Rodriguez 2006 Chris Duncan 2006
Mark Grudzielanek 2005 Jim Edmonds 2004
Tony Womack 2004 Reggie Sanders 2004
J.D. Drew 2003 Kerry Robinson 2003
Eli Marrero 2001 Ray Lankford 2001
Edgar Renteria 2001 Ray Lankford 2000
Placido Polanco 2000 Placido Polanco 1999
Ray Lankford 1997 Dmitri Young 1997
Danny Sheaffer 1996 Luis Alicea 1996

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