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Royals’ Salvador Perez turned an extremely rare unassisted double play by a catcher

New York had loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning when the Yankees’ Tyler Wade hit a tapper about 2 feet in front of the plate.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez sprang to his feet, touched home plate for the force and then tagged Wade for the second out.

It was over in a flash and Wade seemed a bit stunned because the double play happened while he was in the batter’s box.

Zach Posted: July 30, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: double plays, royals, salvador perez, unusual plays, yankees

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   1. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: July 30, 2018 at 12:39 PM (#5717975)
That was quick thinking by Perez, to do things in the right order and with zero delay. I get why Wade didn't run, but he needed to there. Force the catcher to make a throw.
   2. McCoy Posted: July 30, 2018 at 12:59 PM (#5717986)
I'm still surprised that BRef doesn't have fielding PI. I know you search using Retrosheet but I haven't played with their data files for a long time.
   3. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 30, 2018 at 01:22 PM (#5717997)
I get why Wade didn't run, but he needed to there


That drives me nuts. Guys don't need to go sprinting out of the box but your first reaction to making contact with the ball should be to move toward first base. I don't need the full Pete Rose run to first base on a walk but there is no reason to not at least be moving in that direction.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 30, 2018 at 01:59 PM (#5718019)
In Wade's defense, he barely tapped the ball, which initially hit foul, before just trickling fair, when Perez immediately pounced on it but a foot or so from home plate. More bad luck than lack of effort.
   5. Rally Posted: July 30, 2018 at 03:01 PM (#5718054)
Were the other runners moving on contact? Did he have a chance at a triple play?
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: July 30, 2018 at 03:19 PM (#5718068)
Were the other runners moving on contact? Did he have a chance at a triple play?


No. All of the runners read it well and ran immediately. After making sure the HPA got the call right, which was a smart thing to do, he looked to see if he had a chance at another base and saw that he had no play.
   7. McCoy Posted: July 30, 2018 at 06:01 PM (#5718138)
I didn't set it up properly so I didn't filter out strikeout and caught stealing of home. For instance in 1960 Bob Shaw struckout and Gene Freese was caught stealing home against the Orioles.

Removing that I get at least 13 DP by catchers in the 1960's. I'm missing some games in 1968 and 1969 as my excel file runs out of space. But some of them are conventional runner gets thrown out at the plate and then there is a rundown and another runner gets thrown out at the plate. Such as in 1962 when the Cardinals had two of their runners thrown out at the plate in the 8th inning against the Reds.

Paul Casanova for the Washington Senators on 9/17/1968 did record an unassisted DP against the Cleveland Indians in the 7th inning. Alvis led off the inning with a triple, Brown failed to drive him in and then McDowell hit into the DP with Casanova recording both outs. Could check the papers but as of right now I don't know what went down.

Without looking at each one I think there is at least 8 unassisted catcher DP's from 1960 to about 1968.
   8. Bug Selig Posted: July 30, 2018 at 06:03 PM (#5718140)
In Wade's defense, he barely tapped the ball, which initially hit foul, before just trickling fair, when Perez immediately pounced on it but a foot or so from home plate. More bad luck than lack of effort.
Yeah, because if you start running and it stays foul...

100% lack of effort.
   9. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 30, 2018 at 06:29 PM (#5718146)
Can we award Carlton Fisk an honorary UDP for tagging out two Yankee runners at the plate on the same base hit with no assists between them?
   10. dlf Posted: July 30, 2018 at 06:36 PM (#5718153)
It wasn't two unassisted POs, but can we give extra credit for Buck Martinez recording to putouts on one play and adding in a broken leg suffered on the first out?

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   11. McCoy Posted: July 30, 2018 at 08:07 PM (#5718198)
It appears that there were no unassisted DP in the 1950's AL.
   12. McCoy Posted: July 30, 2018 at 08:31 PM (#5718209)
In the 40's it appears to have happened 3 times.

In 1941 Bill Dickey got opposing catcher Bill Swift to foul out and Johnny Berardino had taken off to second so Bill went over to first and tagged the base for the first unassisted DP of the decade.

In 1947 the second unassisted DP would happen and once again Johnny Berardino was involved. This time Yogi Berra was behind the plate and Johnny attempted to bunt with runner Judnich on third. Berra fielded the ball and tagged Berardino as he was shoving him out of the way and then he tagged Judnich as he came home.

The third and final one did not involve Berardino but incredibly he was a PH for the catcher that would record the DP. Don't know much about it other than Lou Brissie was the batter and Elmer Valo was the runner. With Brissie being a pitcher I'm guessing that with the bases loaded and one out they were attempting a bunt and it plopped down in front of the plate.

On May 17, 1942 an incident happened that I'm trying to figure out. In the 2nd inning Bob Elliott was on third and Babe Phelps was on second with no outs. Vince Dimaggio hits into a DP in which according to the game logs the catcher recorded both putouts and got an assist and a SS got an assist. It is marked down as a 262. So I'm guessing 2 outs for catcher Mickey Livingston is in error.
   13. SoSH U at work Posted: July 30, 2018 at 08:37 PM (#5718212)
On May 17, 1942 an incident happened that I'm trying to figure out. In the 2nd inning Bob Elliott was on third and Babe Phelps was on second with no outs. Vince Dimaggio hits into a DP in which according to the game logs the catcher recorded both putouts and got an assist and a SS got an assist. It is marked down as a 262. So I'm guessing 2 outs for catcher Mickey Livingston is in error.


It's not impossible. Dimaggio hits it just in front of home plate like we saw here. The catcher tags out Dimaggio, then fires to second trying to get Phelps returning to the bag. He's safe, Elliott takes off for home and the shortstop nails him at the plate.
   14. McCoy Posted: July 30, 2018 at 08:53 PM (#5718218)
In the game logs Livingston is credited with the first assist so I'm guessing as you said Livingston gets Dimaggio out and catches Elliott in a run down between third and home with I'm guessing the third baseman was charging in to field the ball. The SS then fires home and Mickey tags Elliot out. That makes sense.
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: July 30, 2018 at 09:03 PM (#5718223)

In the game logs Livingston is credited with the first assist so I'm guessing as you said Livingston gets Dimaggio out and catches Elliott in a run down between third and home with I'm guessing the third baseman was charging in to field the ball. The SS then fires home and Mickey tags Elliot out. That makes sense.


That sounds more plausible.
   16. McCoy Posted: July 30, 2018 at 09:16 PM (#5718229)
In the 1970's before 1974 there was only one unassisted catcher DP and it happened in 1973. Dave Rader got Tom House in the 11th inning on a bunt pop up and somehow got Sonny Jackson at third unassisted. Sonny was on second base when the play started. Bobby Bonds would homer in the bottom of the 11th to win the game. I'm guessing Sonny was breaking towards third when the bunt attempt occurred and the bunt pop up was toward the third base side and brought Rader in close proximity to third and put him between Sonny and second base.
   17. McCoy Posted: July 30, 2018 at 09:36 PM (#5718237)
3 AL unassisted DP in the 1960's with Paul Casanova being the last one in 1968.

The first one happened in 1962 in KC. Yogi Berra once again got the unassisted DP when he got Del Greco on a bunt attempt and got Pfister coming home.

The second one happened in 1968 as well and is perhaps the most interesting one I've seen. In a Red Sox-Yankees game and with the bases loaded and with one out Bell, the pitcher, attempted a squeeze play but missed. Jake Gibbs gets Reggie Smith attempting to steal home and then somehow got George Scott at third for the unassisted DP.
   18. McCoy Posted: July 30, 2018 at 09:54 PM (#5718251)
There was an incredible 5 unassisted DP in the NL in the 1960's.

Ed Bailey gets the Braves in 1963 on a bunt attempt.

Chris Cannizzaro gets the Dodgers on a dribbler in front of the plate in 1964 much like Perez did.

Ed Bailey shows up again in 1965 and gets the Dodgers as well on a botched squeeze play in which he gets Lefebvre coming home and then gets Maury Wills between second and first. Not sure how the hell he pulled that off.

Del Crandall in 1965 as well gets the Cardinals with Sadecki bunt popping out and then Del getting Uecker.

Randy Hundley gets the final one in 1969 with Cannizzaro being involved. Once again there is a missed squeeze and there is a run down. Apparently the lead runner Spiezio runs back to third but Cannizzaro, the trailing runner is there as well. Cannizzaro is ruled out and Spiezio with his back to the ump thinks he is called out so he steps off the bag and Hundley tags him.

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