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Interpreting the Henderson triple-down effect

Did Rickey Henderson really avoid legging out triples? Our readers pose some interesting theories.

Originally Published: April 21, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Last Friday's column about The Mystery of Rickey's Missing Three-Baggers brought a goodly volume of e-mail, which was expected since I asked for help in figuring out why Henderson's ratio of triples to steals is so low compared to other top leadoff men of his time. I've received 118 responses (so far), and I was able to sort most of them into specific explanations.

"His triples turned into home runs." (35 votes) Easily the most popular hypothesis, with Zachary Shirkey among those putting ...

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