* Minnesota Twins outfielder Kirby Puckett had 18 triples...

By the numbers

January 14, 1996|By Peter Schmuck

* Minnesota Twins outfielder Kirby Puckett had 18 triples and four home runs in his first two seasons in the major leagues. In his past two seasons, he has three triples and 43 home runs.

* Puckett was one of six major-league players with 500 or more at-bats and no triples last year. The others were Joe Carter, Gary Gaetti, Edgar Martinez, Omar Vizquel and Ken Caminiti.

* Nine Orioles had higher on-base percentages last year than Toronto Blue Jays leadoff man Devon White, who recently signed a rich three-year contract with the Florida Marlins.

* Tim Wakefield earned $9,437 in base salary per victory last year. Ben McDonald earned $1.33 million per victory last year, or about 141 times as much.

* Atlanta Braves phenom Chipper Jones earned a base salary of $101,335 last year (factoring in 11 percent of salary lost because of players strike). That's about 1/15 of the average Braves salary.

* The San Francisco Giants paid Barry Bonds and Matt Williams a combined $12.3 million in base salary and prorated signing bonuses last year, about $1.7 million more than the entire Montreal Expos payroll.

* Sammy Sosa and Glenallen Hill were the only major-league outfielders to score a bizarre defensive double-double last year -- double figures in errors and assists.

* The Detroit Tigers' John Flaherty led AL catchers in errors last year (11) but did not allow a passed ball.

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