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Monday, August 13, 2012

MLB.com: A.J. Pierzynski scores from first ... on a groundout to short (video)

During Sunday’s game, A.J. Pierzynski scored from first base on a 6-3 groundout. The ball never left the infield and no errors were charged. Does anybody remember this kind of thing ever happening outside of Little League?

My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: August 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: August 13, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4207411)
It was the most comical thing I've ever seen on a major league field. It was like a cartoon. Nobody would consider this believable if it were in Major League before the Indians became good. It was that bad.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: August 13, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4207418)
While we are talking about weird plays, I noticed in a boxscore last week that Mike Trout had 2 RBI on a Sac fly. How did that happen?
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 13, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4207422)
I was expecting one of those incredibly slow balls that the fielder thinks will go foul but never does, like the time I saw Jamie Moyer get an infield hit a couple years ago.

But ... yes, this just sort of happened as a normal play.

But ... the only reason that's not an error is that the catcher, pitcher, and first baseman all have plausible deniability in terms of which one of them should have run to home plate. Who gets the error? Are there errors of omission? Would Manny Ramirez be charged with an error if he was taking a whiz behind the Green Monster and a fly ball landed where he should have been standing?
   4. AROM Posted: August 13, 2012 at 04:18 PM (#4207437)
The 3B and SS both went for the grounder, and almost bumped into each other before the SS made the play to first. The catcher runs up to third, attempting to cover the bag since the 3B was not there. Not sure what the pitcher was doing. Carter has a bit of a lapse there, had he been paying full attention he could have gotten to home plate before AJ.

Pierzynski is the guy who once reached first on a strikeout that was caught by the catcher. He's quite obviously well trained in the arts of the Sith, able to mind trick both opposing players and umpires.

Trout: Bases were loaded, ball was hit right into the RF corner, Thames made a running catch and ran into the wall. He then threw to second, attempting to prevent the 1B runner from advancing. Aybar never stopped rounding third. Might have been a close play considering the direction of the throw, but the ball got away from the infielder allowing Aybar to score easily.
   5. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: August 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM (#4207439)
What happened was that A.J. got his valet/manager to distract the A's players with her feminine wiles. Then, when the catcher saw what was happening and rushed to cover home plate, A.J. reached into his waistband and produced a foreign object which he used to knock the catcher unconscious.

EDIT: I've quintuple checked it and apparently I spelled 'feminine' correctly. For some reason it doesn't look right to me.
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: August 13, 2012 at 04:22 PM (#4207441)
Thanks AROM
   7. Lassus Posted: August 13, 2012 at 04:31 PM (#4207446)
Is it me, or at :22 does it look like the 3B coach sneakily gives him the news - while facing away from the infield, to make sure no one sees him - that there was no one at home? Or am I just making that up?
   8. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: August 13, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4207456)
And of course A.J. totally jakes it the last 20 feet or so. Hilarious.
   9. Cris E Posted: August 13, 2012 at 05:17 PM (#4207490)
Lassus, I can see it and I can't. But to AJ's credit, even if he was tipped off he seized on the opening without a lot of deliberation and made the most of it. Most guys would take a moment to assess things and would probably miss the chance to go home.
   10. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 13, 2012 at 05:23 PM (#4207495)
According to BB-ref, AJ has negative baserunning value on the year.
   11. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: August 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM (#4207498)
According to BB-ref, AJ has negative baserunning value on the year.


Well, the data might be accurate, but...
   12. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: August 13, 2012 at 05:37 PM (#4207507)
Lassus, I can see it and I can't. But to AJ's credit, even if he was tipped off he seized on the opening without a lot of deliberation and made the most of it. Most guys would take a moment to assess things and would probably miss the chance to go home.

Looked more to me like he just didn't feel like high-fiving the guy.
   13. Swoboda is freedom Posted: August 13, 2012 at 05:38 PM (#4207510)
I expected to see AJ hit a bunch of infielders in the balls and then jog home while they are in pain on the ground.
   14. asinwreck Posted: August 13, 2012 at 05:48 PM (#4207522)
As fun to watch as last week's Astrokerfuffle. Chris Carter proves he does not have 80 speed.
   15. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: August 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM (#4207536)
Looked more to me like he just didn't feel like high-fiving the guy.

I think it was more that he noticed the catcher passing him going the wrong way to third base. AJ turned, noticed nobody was covering the plate for him, and went for it.

Seeing Norris and Rosales covering third base way past the point of it being useful is the best part.
   16. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 13, 2012 at 06:32 PM (#4207550)
It pales in comparison, but did anyone see that disaster of a first inning for Erik Bedard yesterday? Keeping with the theme of this thread, it included a runner scoring from second on a ball that didn't get more than 10 or 15 feet from the plate. Bedard and the catcher both went after the ball, which left home plate wide open. The third baseman sorta just stood and watched the play unfold instead of running to cover home, so the runner on second took the liberty of rounding third and crossing the plate before any of the infielders realized what was going on.
   17. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: August 13, 2012 at 06:45 PM (#4207562)
He should have showboated the last 20 feet to home, like he was scoring a touchdown.
   18. Dale H. Posted: August 13, 2012 at 08:42 PM (#4207619)
Yeah, we've seen something like it before. Ryan took third on an infield single last year.
   19. esseff Posted: August 13, 2012 at 09:12 PM (#4207628)
Yeah, we've seen something like it before. Ryan took third on an infield single last year.


Also against the A's. They might want to work on that.
   20. DanO Posted: August 13, 2012 at 09:17 PM (#4207630)
My hatred of Pierzynski burns with the fire of a thousand suns...but that was a really awesome play.
   21. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM (#4207684)
I would have loved to see him cartwheel across home plate...
   22. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM (#4207731)
He should have done the Ickey shuffle as he crossed home.
   23. base ball chick Posted: August 14, 2012 at 12:04 AM (#4207748)
apparently youse guys haven't been watching the lousy AAA players that are masquerading as astros major leaguers

well,

ain't nobody watching, really. it's gotten to the point where it really isn't funny no mo

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