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Sunday, August 09, 2020

Off the glove and over the fence! Texas Rangers’ Nick Solak homers in unique fashion.

Texas Rangers outfielder Nick Solak received an unexpected gift during Sunday’s game when Adell misjudged a fly ball in deep right field in the fifth inning. The ball bounced off Adell’s glove and over the fence, giving Solak his first home run of the season….

Adell, who got turned around and made a last-second attempt to catch the ball on the warning track, put his hands on his head in disbelief as Solak circled the bases. Angels pitcher Mike Mayers was charged with giving up the home run and taken out after it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2020 at 05:20 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brian White Posted: August 09, 2020 at 07:58 PM (#5968681)
Well, it’s less humiliating than if it had bounced off Adell’s head.
   2. DCA Posted: August 09, 2020 at 08:51 PM (#5968690)
Adell certainly had himself a day. At the plate he went 0-4 with 4 strikeouts.
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: August 09, 2020 at 08:57 PM (#5968692)
Why would you need to consult with Elias to determine that was an error?
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 09, 2020 at 09:33 PM (#5968708)
This may be the first time an off-the defender-over-the-fence play was called a 4-base error rather than a HR. Of course, all the others I’ve seen were more difficult plays - closer to or over the fence, running at full speed, and/or leaping. This was a routine fly ball to the middle of the warning track.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: August 09, 2020 at 09:46 PM (#5968710)

This may be the first time an off-the defender-over-the-fence play was called a 4-base error rather than a HR. Of course, all the others I’ve seen were more difficult plays - closer to or over the fence, running at full speed, and/or leaping. This was a routine fly ball to the middle of the warning track.


Sure, that's possible. I still don't know why you would need permission from the Siwoff gang to call an obvious error an error. There's nothing about this play that should lead a competent scorekeeper to wonder whether this could be properly scored.
   6. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 09, 2020 at 09:58 PM (#5968712)
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: August 09, 2020 at 10:05 PM (#5968714)

Why wasn't Jose Canseco wasn't charged with a 4-base error (or at least a 3-base error) for this?


I would have scored it an error, but given he was still pursuing the ball and coming up on the fence, the HR call is at least defensible there.

BTW, what would be the logic of a 3-base error?
   8. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 10, 2020 at 07:36 AM (#5968733)
I could see calling the Canseco play a single and a three base error or a double and a two base error on the logic that the play wasn't an automatic one (thus the hit) and the error was not in failing to record the out but in heading the ball over the fence. Personally I'd call it a four base error.
   9. Hank Gillette Posted: August 10, 2020 at 03:24 PM (#5968870)
Why wasn't Jose Canseco wasn't charged with a 4-base error (or at least a 3-base error) for this?


It was felt that the utter humilation of Canseco was punishment enough.
   10. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: August 10, 2020 at 04:22 PM (#5968879)
Man, I don't even know what to say any more. The Angels just suck. In all ways. In fact, they're making up new ways to suck wherein their ultra-talented, highly rated prospects are helping the other team score runs. Seriously, how many times have you seen a ball bounce out of someone's glove like that? And to be perfectly situated next to the fence when it happens...jeez.

I'm rooting for the virus now.
   11. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 10, 2020 at 04:35 PM (#5968883)
I worry about Adell. From his tweets and interviews, he seems more thoughtful and introspective than your average human being. Getting off to such a tough start and then topping off an awful day at the plate with an error so egregious it instantly went viral can really mess with anyone's confidence. It could really do a number on a young prospect still trying positives upon which to set his feet, and Adell seems exactly like the kind of kid who might spend way too much time thinking about the bad stuff.
   12. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: August 10, 2020 at 05:48 PM (#5968897)
I worry about Adell. From his tweets and interviews, he seems more thoughtful and introspective than your average human being. Getting off to such a tough start and then topping off an awful day at the plate with an error so egregious it instantly went viral can really mess with anyone's confidence. It could really do a number on a young prospect still trying positives upon which to set his feet, and Adell seems exactly like the kind of kid who might spend way too much time thinking about the bad stuff.


This is probably why I'm an accountant and not a manager of people, but I have no idea how I'd handle this situation. Personally, I think he's not ready. I know how much it sucks that this would essentially be a lost year without any live reps otherwise, but I think he needs another half season of AAA to work out some kinks, mentally and physically.

But sending him back down now might completely shatter his confidence and set him back even further. So do you do that and risk it? Or let him take his lumps in the major leagues while constantly reassuring him that he'll be fine? I think I'd send him down, but I have no clue if that's the right answer.
   13. Tin Angel Posted: August 10, 2020 at 06:07 PM (#5968906)
I think I'd send him down, but I have no clue if that's the right answer.


I'd agree if it was a normal year where he can actually get reps in the minors. I think at this point you have to throw him in the deep end. I'd pull him aside and say "Look, let's be honest- this season doesn't matter so just focus on your weaknesses and don't pay too much attention to the numbers."

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