During a recent game with his EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, Manny gave a lesson in “How Not to Break Up a Double Play.”
Manny was on first with no out in the sixth when a teammate grounded a ball to the first baseman. Ramirez went in for his slide a good 15 feet before the bag and was tagged out with minimal effort. He proceeded to trot off the field like it was no big deal. I don’t speak whatever language the announcers were speaking, but they seemed to be loving it.
Not that Manny’s actions on the field really need any explaining, but I think I understand what was going on here. Oftentimes a player will just get down when they know they’re going to be out by a mile at second in order to avoid getting hit in the face on the throw from the guy attempting to turn two. The only problem is that strategy doesn’t work too well when the throw to second is way offline.
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