SAN DIEGO -- It's been said the inside-the-park home run is the most exciting play in baseball. But Padres manager Bud Black said that watching Cameron Maybin run the bases while legging out a triple ranks right up there.
"It's one of those things where, right off the bat, you sense it," Black said.
Maybin had a triple on Friday and another on Saturday to give him three on the young season. He had eight a year ago, and Black thinks that Maybin's speed and playing half his games in a spacious ballpark could mean that he reaches double digits in triples this season.
"I get the same feeling with Cam that I did with Willie Wilson," Black said of his former Royals teammate -- who had 147 career triples, including 21 in 1985. "Willie had a picturesque stride. With Cam ... his arm starts flapping."
Maybin, who is trying to work his way out of an early-season slump, said that he's just trying to make more consistent contact.
"It's a game of ups and downs ... but I feel I've mostly been down. But I feel like I'm making more contact," Maybin said. "For me, I've got to make more contact."
As for his triples?
"I guess it's pretty fun. Any time you can get to third base with less than two outs, it's exciting," Maybin said. "I guess people like to see me running the bases."