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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Video: Randal Grichuk misplay turns into inside-the-park homer for Avisaíl García

Tropicana Field influenced a misjudgment from Blue Jays right fielder Randal Grichuk, leading to an inside-the-park solo home run for White Sox DH Avisaíl García in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday night. Ahead two balls and no strikes against Clayton Richard, García popped up a fastball to shallow right field. García hung his head in disappointment for not hitting the ball well. Grichuk lost the ball in Tropicana Field’s roof. The ball ended up dropping some 30 feet behind him, bouncing all the way to the fence in the right field corner. García came all the way around to score, boosting the Rays’ lead to 2-0. They would go on to win 3-1.

Tropicana Field is frequently the cause of baseball’s stranger plays. Along with players losing track of the baseball in the white roof, fly balls have been known to strike speakers and catwalks. The ground rules for the Rays’ digs are interesting, to say the least.

I’d suggest painting the roof, but Rays management has a different goal in mind….

 

QLE Posted: May 29, 2019 at 05:35 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: avisail garcia, inside-the-park home run, randal grichuk

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   1. mathesond Posted: May 29, 2019 at 09:58 AM (#5846415)
And he did it in front of record-setting attendance, to boot!
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM (#5846416)
Tropicana Field influenced a misjudgment from Blue Jays right fielder Randal Grichuk, leading to an inside-the-park solo home run for White Sox DH Avisaíl García in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday night.


Wait, what?
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: May 29, 2019 at 10:01 AM (#5846417)
That was Hanleyesque hustle from Grichuk chasing it down.

   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 29, 2019 at 11:03 AM (#5846442)
Hint: If it is most accurately described as a "misplay" and a "misjudgment," it's an error, not a home run.
   5. bfan Posted: May 29, 2019 at 02:39 PM (#5846543)
That was Hanleyesque hustle from Grichuk chasing it down.


And the batter/beneficiary slowly left the batters box, but still managed 360 feet of base-running before the ball could be chased down and thrown back in.
   6. JAHV Posted: May 29, 2019 at 04:11 PM (#5846590)
That was Hanleyesque hustle from Grichuk chasing it down.


Holy cow, you weren't kidding. That was barely a jog. And while the poor relay throw masks it, getting to that ball a second earlier probably saves a run, either by holding Garcia at third or by throwing him out at home.

It does look like Garcia started hustling after the initial show of disappointment.
   7. Hank Gillette Posted: May 31, 2019 at 08:38 PM (#5847215)
Are there any inside-the-park home runs anymore that don’t involve some sort of misplay or misjudgment by a fielder?

Actually, I find that true of many, if not most, triples; usually trying for a catch and letting the ball get by, or by missing the catch while running into the wall and not being able to immediately get up.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: May 31, 2019 at 09:39 PM (#5847223)
Are there any inside-the-park home runs anymore that don’t involve some sort of misplay or misjudgment by a fielder?


Inside the park home runs have almost always involved a misplay of some kind (Hahn-Theodore collision, ball ricocheting off Cespedes in the WS, Ichiro's unexpected carom in the A-S game at China Basin). Without something screwy going on, there simply isn't enough room in the ballpark for a batter to run 380 feet or so before the ball is relayed back to the infield.
   9. Bote Man Posted: May 31, 2019 at 10:59 PM (#5847243)
I was fortunate enough to witness an ITPHR in person at the Marlins 2009 Opening Day hosting the Nationals. That Winter they had swapped Emilio Bonifacio for Lastings Milledge. With the bases loaded in the 4th Bonifacio smashed a ball to deep CF (off reliever Julian Tavares) and when I saw Milledge fall flat on his face I told my friend to pay close attention, he might see something special and rare. Bonifacio with his speed made it around the bases easily while Milledge was going "WHA--HUH??"

That pretty much is all you need to know about that Nats season.
   10. A triple short of the cycle Posted: June 01, 2019 at 02:08 PM (#5847347)
That was Hanleyesque hustle from Grichuk chasing it down.
Seriously, WTF. He should have been busting his ass to get the ball after he blew the catch. That was pathetic.
   11. Davo Has Marianne Mindset Posted: June 02, 2019 at 06:08 PM (#5847637)
7- I feel like I’ve seen a couple at the Giants’ current stadium where it’s just a normal fly ball to right field that hits the wall in the air and then bounces off at a crazy angle away from the outfielder. (The weird hits in center at Fenway has led to some too.) Nothing the outfielders have done wrong, it’s just bad luck when a ball ricochets off the wall in right center and rolls all the way to the right field foul pole!
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: June 02, 2019 at 07:04 PM (#5847641)
7- I feel like I’ve seen a couple at the Giants’ current stadium where it’s just a normal fly ball to right field that hits the wall in the air and then bounces off at a crazy angle away from the outfielder. (The weird hits in center at Fenway has led to some too.) Nothing the outfielders have done wrong, it’s just bad luck when a ball ricochets off the wall in right center and rolls all the way to the right field foul pole!


The Ichiro homer in the All-Star game was like that. Griffey went to where the ball should have caromed. It just didn't go that direction.

But still, it's nearly impossible to hit an inside-the-park home run without something unusual happening. And has been as long as I've been a fan. There's just not enough room in the ballpark.

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