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Friday, September 27, 2019

Minor gets 200th K after Rangers let popup drop

Mike Minor’s 200th strikeout of the season for the Texas Rangers came with some controversy Thursday.

With one out in the ninth inning and Minor a strikeout away from reaching the mark for the first time in his career, the left-hander got the Boston Red Sox’s Chris Owings to pop up a 1-2 pitch into foul territory. Minor, catcher Jose Trevino and first baseman Ronald Guzman converged on the ball, but Guzman let it drop in front of him, allowing Owings’ at-bat to continue.

Minor struck him out on the next pitch for his ninth strikeout of the game and 200th of his season.

“We were yelling, telling [Guzman] to drop it because there’s going to be two strikes,” Minor said. “He dropped it, and then he looked at me like, ‘What? Why?’ And then everybody started booing or whatever. I had to thank him for that, because [the fans] didn’t understand.”

The things we do for milestones…..

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:12 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, mike minor, milestones, strikeouts

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Video: Mookie Betts makes 305-foot on-the-fly throw to nail Avisaíl García at third base

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts made one of the best throws of the season, making a 305-foot on-the-fly laser-focused throw to Rafael Devers at third base to nail Avisaíl García, attempting to stretch a double into a triple in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ji-Man Choi had doubled ahead of García and scored easily on the ground ball slapped down the right field line, but García couldn’t outrun Betts’ arm.

A demonstration of a cannon arm in action.

 

QLE Posted: September 24, 2019 at 12:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: arm, fielding, mookie betts, throwing

Diving catches are amazing baseball highlights ... but don’t they hurt? We asked.

Skipping ahead a little….

Or, that the most impressive part of a diving catch is not the catch but the dive and the fact that they do it at all because: Doesn’t that hurt?

“Yes,” said Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward.

“It’s not as bad as you think,” said Yankees center fielder Cameron Maybin. Except that’s not saying much because I think it seems really, really bad.

Think about it: Do you ever land face first on the ground as part of your job? And if you did, wouldn’t that be the end of strenuous physical activity for the day, if not the week? I don’t mean that facetiously or as part of a self-effacing punchline. I’m used to seeing all sorts of athletic feats beyond my personal capabilities on a professional stage. But it’s not that I can’t imagine what it would feel like to belly flop onto the unforgiving earth — it’s that I can. Which is why I never do it, at least not on purpose.

Something to consider in parallel with the Kris Bryant piece.

 

QLE Posted: September 24, 2019 at 12:18 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: catches, fielding, ouch

Friday, September 20, 2019

Austin Hays absolutely robs Blue Jays of back-to-back-to-back homers

The Toronto Blue Jays were on the cusp of quite the accomplishment Thursday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

After Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. both slapped solo home runs to centre field before him in the top of the fourth inning, Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. got all of a Gabriel Ynoa offering. It looked like he was going to give the Blue Jays back-to-back-to-back dingers and a 3-1 advantage.

That’s when Austin Hays showed up to make one of the season’s finest grabs.

The 24-year-old extended his arm well over the wall and brought the ball right back into the park before rightfully pounding his chest in celebration.

Absolutely, Mr. Gallagher?

Positively, Mr. Shean!

QLE Posted: September 20, 2019 at 12:39 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: austin hays, fielding, vladimir guerrero jr.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Video: Dexter Fowler robs Asdrúbal Cabrera of three-run homer

Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler made a critical catch in the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Nationals. With the Cardinals leading 5-1, the Nationals were threatening with runners on first and second with one out against lefty Andrew Miller. Asdrúbal Cabrera worked a full count before serving a 3-2 outside slider to right field. The ball had home run distance, but Fowler tracked it, leaped at the wall, and robbed Cabrera of a three-run home run.

Carlos Martínez relieved Miller, getting Victor Robles to ground out to end the inning. The Cardinals would go on to win 5-1.

There’s something to be said about plays like this, as someone who witnessed one like it the other week…..

 

 

QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, dexter fowler, fielding

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Home run robbers get praise _ and swag for spectacular plays

It was late in the 2015 season when Baltimore’s Manny Machado smoked a pitch from Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer into center field at Camden Yards.

Kevin Kiermaier sprinted to the wall, turned and leaped high above it before reaching back and snatching the ball . He banged off the wall and landed on his feet with the ball firmly planted in his glove for the out.

The play sent a dejected Machado back to the dugout and left a stunned Archer simply mouthing, “Wow.”

Archer, now with Pittsburgh, was so grateful for Kiermaier’s extraordinary effort that he searched for a fitting way to thank his center fielder for keeping that run off the board.

A consideration of a rather dramatic aspect of fielding.

 

QLE Posted: August 20, 2019 at 04:37 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, home runs

Saturday, May 25, 2019

This chaotic play serves as a microcosm for the Mets’ week

NEW YORK — The internally embattled New York Mets swept the hapless (and Harper-less) Washington Nationals this week and there are so many statistics to emphasize just how disappointing the first 50 games have been for two of the teams that were actually trying in a division that was supposed to be one of the most hotly contested. But maybe you’re more of a visual learner.

The four-game series — which started with everyone assuming Mets manager Mickey Callaway was going to get axed and ended with it looking increasingly likely that Dave Martinez’s days as the Nats’ manager are numbered — can be unfortunately illustrated by the following play from the sixth inning of Thursday’s 6-4 Mets victory. It’s not exactly emblematic — nowhere is the Nats’ bullpen imploding and there’s no direct manifestation of the Wilpons’ tiresome meddling — but it is certainly A Mood.

MLB.com Gameday described the play as follows:

Brian Dozier singles on a soft bunt ground ball to second baseman Adeiny Hechavarria. Juan Soto scores. Throwing error by second baseman Adeiny Hechavarria. Brian Dozier out at 3rd, pitcher Steven Matz to third baseman Todd Frazier.

Not sure I’d grant the play that much significance- however, I will say that it doesn’t well for the play of either team.

QLE Posted: May 25, 2019 at 06:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, errors, fielding, mets being mets, nationals

 

 

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