The triple doesn't get the credit it deserves, even when it is considered the most exciting play in baseball.
The MLB all-time leader in triples is Sam Crawford. He played 19 years and record 309 of them. The next closest active player is Carl Crawford with 116. Give Crawford 20 more years of playing and he still won't come close to breaking it.
This should be the unbreakable record that baseball historians talk about in their round table discussions.
The Atlantic League announced that when the Camden Riversharks defeated the South Maryland Blue Crabs 6-0 on August 15, career minor leaguer Chris Walker hit his 37th triple, giving him the outright Atlantic League lead.
Drafted in the 6th round of the 2002 MLB June Amateur Draft from Georgia Southern University by the Chicago Cubs, Walker could be called your typical Independent player; spent some time in affiliated ball, but excelled in a different environment. Walker spent seven years with the Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels organizations making it up to Triple-A. He batted .293 in three Double-A seasons and .244 in three when assigned to Triple-A.
Once he left the Angels, he began to excel in the Independent Leagues and the Mexican League. A steady .260 hitter in six Indy seasons, he has been as reliable as they com, while continuing to drive in runs, and stealing bases at 70 percent clip.
Considering that the Atlantic League has been in existence for over 15 years, and over 600 players have been signed by Major League clubs, 37 career triples seems even more impressive.
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