Three True Outcomes


The "three true outcomes" in baseball are said to be a home run, a walk or a strikeout due to the fact that none of the three, with the rare exception of an inside-the-park home run or a strikeout with a dropped third strike, involve the defense beyond the pitcher or the catcher. The phrase can also be used as an adjective, calling someone a "three-true-outcomes player." Players with well above-average power, walk rates and strikeout tendencies often bear that description.

Modern-day examples of this type of player include Joey Gallo and Miguel Sano, while Adam Dunn is among the more famed three-true-outcomes players in recent history. Dunn either walked, homered or struck out in 49.9 percent of his 8,328 Major League plate appearances.