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Monday, June 27, 2016

Marty Barrett and the disappearance of baseball’s hidden-ball trick

“I guess Bobby Grich just loved it,” Barrett said. “It was like the greatest thing for him.”

Not so much for DeCinces, who apparently allowed the embarrassment to eat at him. According to the book, Finding the Hidden-Ball Trick: The Colorful History of Baseball’s Oldest Ruse, his aggravation seeped into the following season’s playoffs. Because he had been victimized, he vowed revenge against the Red Sox, according to author Bill Deane. DeCinces tried the trick against the Red Sox during Game 2 of the ALCS, when Spike Owen was on third in the eighth. Red Sox third base coach Rene Lachemann alerted Owen before DeCinces could lay on the tag.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
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