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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Marcell Ozuna nails Kirk Nieuwenhuis at the plate to end the game

Ozuna fired a laser to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who applied the tag to Nieuwenhuis just before he could touch the plate, ending the game.

The best part? Ozuna had nailed a runner at the plate the inning prior, as well.

Vids in the link.  Nailing the tying runs at the plate in the eighth and ninth is something a can’t remember seeing before.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 22, 2014 at 03:30 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Scott Lange Posted: June 22, 2014 at 08:09 AM (#4732599)
There's nothing better than an outfield assist, unless its two outfield assists. The first one was the third-base coach's fault (assuming he sent Wright), as the play wasn't even close. But the second one... even with Nieuwenhuis looking like he was running in quicksand, that was an incredible throw.
   2. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: June 22, 2014 at 08:40 AM (#4732605)
Agree with #1: Both were great throws, but the game-ending throw was crazy. Awesome ending to the game.

Also: The announcers are speculating while they reviewed the first assist about whether or not the "no blocking home plate" rule was going to cause an obvious out to be overturned. Forget about everything else: When a ball beats the runner to the plate by that much, given the full-tilt, impact-creating nature of most home plate plays, I want the umpire to call the runner out, even if the catcher goes high with the tag and to the side a bit to avoid a big collision or a spiking. The runner was very out, and we don't need to see the runner or the catcher break an ankle or a collarbone to know he was out.
   3. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: June 22, 2014 at 09:02 AM (#4732610)
Ozuna fired a laser to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who applied the tag to Nieuwenhuis just before he could touch the plate, ending the game.

Interestingly, this is how yesterday's BBTF softball game ended ... except that it featured CrosbyBird scrambling to return to first base on a one-out pop fly. Oh, and the throw that nailed him was way more rainbow than laser.
   4. kthejoker Posted: June 22, 2014 at 09:43 AM (#4732613)
Nieuwenhuis should've worked a little harder to avoid the tag. It was so close a little deke would've probably put Saltalamacchia out of position to apply a tag on the flip side.

Still, amazing throw.
   5. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: June 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM (#4732628)
I love the idea that a guy named Nieuwenhuis was tagged out by a guy named Saltalamacchia. (Was Doug Mientkiewicz in attendance?)
   6. KT's Pot Arb Posted: June 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM (#4732666)
I found title confusing. I assumed Ozuna was some Diamondbacks reliever Kirk Gibson had "send a message" to the Marlins with bases loaded, game tied.
   7. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: June 22, 2014 at 03:18 PM (#4732762)
Looks like a good play to me. Not a great one.
   8. jayjay Posted: June 22, 2014 at 03:32 PM (#4732783)
#7 was a good post. Not a great one.
   9. Lassus Posted: June 22, 2014 at 03:41 PM (#4732787)
Nailing the tying runs at the plate in the eighth and ninth is something a can’t remember seeing before.

There is absolutely no baseball event too unusual, crappy, and heartbreaking for the Mets to accomplish.
   10. puck Posted: June 22, 2014 at 04:31 PM (#4732823)
There is absolutely no baseball event too unusual, crappy, and heartbreaking for the Mets to accomplish.


How about 3 runs on a wild pitch?
   11. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: June 22, 2014 at 05:16 PM (#4732850)
Am I seeing this right? Looks like neither Mets runner ever touched the plate.
   12. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: June 22, 2014 at 06:04 PM (#4732883)
Can we talk about what the Mets should be doing at the deadline? On one hand, the Mets aren't a good. On the other hand, no one else in the division is particularly good and the Mets are only 5 games out. The Mets have Gee and Lagares coming back and that should bolster the team. D'Arnaud has a 1.500 OPS in AAA in 50+ AB and he likely can't but help but hit better in the second half than the first half.

I think the Mets could make a run with some good luck. That said, the Mets probably could do quite well for themselves if they wanted to sell Bartolo Colon at the deadline.
   13. Banta Posted: June 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM (#4733247)
Sounds like the conditions the Kazmir trade was made in, Russlan. Different management and all, I just hope the Mets don't play well enough that they delude themselves into thinking they are contenders. Next year is the year to look at that.

I am worried that they may have a perception that they have a surplus of young pitching. In my opinion, there is no such thing.
   14. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: June 23, 2014 at 02:05 AM (#4733281)
Sounds like the conditions the Kazmir trade was made in, Russlan. Different management and all, I just hope the Mets don't play well enough that they delude themselves into thinking they are contenders. Next year is the year to look at that.

I agree and that's why I think the Mets should really be considering trading Colon.

BTW, the Mets promoted Steve Matz, Brandon Nimmo, and Dilson Herrera to AA.
   15. PreservedFish Posted: June 23, 2014 at 02:13 AM (#4733283)
Nimmo is 1-10 with 5 BBs. I wonder what type of hitter he's going to end up as?
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM (#4733514)
Saltalamacchia - Nieuwenhuis has to be about the best alphabet-soup play in MLB history, right?
   17. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: June 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM (#4733553)

Saltalamacchia - Nieuwenhuis has to be about the best alphabet-soup play in MLB history, right?


At some point in the early 2000s, the Twins' catcher and first baseman must have been involved in a play that retired a random Grudzeilanek, Mackowiak, Teixeira or Podsednik.

   18. formerly dp Posted: June 23, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4733575)
I agree and that's why I think the Mets should really be considering trading Colon.
As with everything, it depends on what they could get in return. But right now, that contract is looking pretty nice-- Colon's been on a roll the last month or so. He was quite good the last two seasons, and on a team where even the better starters struggle working deep into games, I think he's useful. But if anyone wants to give up a semi-useful OF or OF prospect for him, the Mets should do it, especially given Puello's suckitude this year. Toronto would make a excellent trading partner for the Mets, if they had any hitters left in that system-- Colon and Murphy fit their needs pretty well, but Anthony Gose isn't going to get it done. I don't think Rasmus is the type of player who would do well in Citi, but he could be an option if Toronto decided they were willing to live with the offensive downgrade from Rasmus to Gose in exchange for an upgrade at 2B.

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