I’m watching the Rays-Blue Jays game and just saw Jose Molina drive a ball over B.J. Upton’s head in center field for his first triple since May 9, 2004.
Molina, who was literally still panting heavily and wiping sweat from his face when he took the field defensively for the next half-inning, went 1,582 plate appearances between triples.
During his triple-less streak Jose Reyes hit 95 triples and Carl Crawford hit 90 triples. In total, 235 different players had at least 10 triples in between Molina three-baggers.
And now the Molina family triples leaderboard looks like this:
Bengie: 6 triples, 5,159 plate appearances
Yadier: 3 triples, 3,338 plate appearances
Jose: 3 triples, 1,903 plate appearances
Together the family of speedsters have 12 triples in 10,400 career plate appearances. Reyes has 16 triples in 452 plate appearances this season.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.