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Blue Jays’ Lourdes Gurriel goes viral for incredible swim move to avoid tag

Lourdes Gurriel avoiding a tag

Lourdes Gurriel pulled a Michael Phelps on the basepaths during Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

The Toronto Blue Jays slugger Gurriel went viral for a gravity-defying move to avoid getting picked off at first base during the fourth inning. Gurriel was a sitting duck when Red Sox starter Brayan Bello caught him off-guard with a pickoff throw … until he wasn’t.

Like something out of a Keanu Reeves movie, Gurriel used an acrobatic swim manuever to (1) get around Boston first baseman Bobby Dalbec’s initial tag and (2) touch first base before Dalbec could apply another tag. Thus, Gurriel was ruled safe despite the throw from Bello beating him by a country mile.

Take a look:

Gurriel’s stuntman impression did not ultimately matter though, as Blue Jays teammate Bo Bichette grounded into an inning-ending double play later on in the same at-bat. But the engagement that he got on Twitter dot com surely made it all worth it for Gurriel.

Toronto also went on to win 8-4. That means Gurriel got to go home with a W and the most elite swim move that we have seen since this player did it.

Video: Fernando Abad nails Lourdes Gurriel in collision

Fernando Abad Lourdes Gurriel

The Baltimore Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball, which can lead to some pretty ridiculous and ugly on-field play. That was definitely the case Friday night, when one particular play ignited some controversy with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Orioles led the Blue Jays 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning Friday, with Toronto’s Lourdes Gurriel at second after a leadoff double. When Randal Grichuk hit a ground ball to second, Orioles second baseman Jahmai Jones tried to throw Gurriel out at third. The throw was wild, however, and bounced toward Toronto’s dugout.

Gurriel rounded third to score, but he was met by a surprise: Orioles pitcher Fernando Abad, apparently going to try to back up the third baseman after the error, absolutely crushed Gurriel midway between third and home.

Abad did have reason to be heading over toward the dugout to position himself to back up the throw. However, it certainly appeared that he saw Gurriel coming and didn’t really try to avoid the collision or get out of the way.

Gurriel was able to get up and score and remained in the game. The Blue Jays went on to tie the game later in the inning, and the situation didn’t escalate any further.

Collisions on the basepaths are not entirely unusual in the game, and are often clearly unintentional. This one just looked a little weird on Abad’s part.

Video: Blue Jays had hilarious reaction to Hansel Robles staring down dugout

Guerrero Gurriel laughing

Things got a bit heated between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox on Friday, but the Blue Jays certainly seemed to come out of it better than Boston did.

Things veered out of control in the bottom of the 5th, as the Blue Jays put up nine runs to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 9-2 lead. A key point in the inning came when Red Sox reliever Hansel Robles hit Toronto outfielder Randal Grichuk with a pitch. Grichuk had doubled earlier in the inning, and Toronto’s players seemed to believe there was intent behind the hit batter.

Robles heard the chirping and tried to stare down the Toronto dugout after hitting Grichuk. The problem for him was the players, especially Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel, were not having it.

Your mean mugging probably isn’t very mean if that’s the reaction it gets.

Things didn’t get better for Robles after that. He allowed a single and a double to the next two hitters and ended up allowing two more runs to score.

It’s worth noting that Robles and Guerrero do have a bit of history. Maybe that was in their minds as this confrontation happened. It’s safe to say Vladdy wasn’t too impressed.

Report: Blue Jays could be open to trading Lourdes Gurriel Jr

Lourdes Gurriel

Lourdes Gurriel Jr looked like a core building block for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, but this winter just might prove otherwise.

Scott Mitchell of TSN Sports reported Monday that the Jays could be open to moving the 26-year-old slugger, especially if it yields the right rotation arm.

Gurriel had a strong year in 2019, hitting .277 with 20 home runs and 50 RBIs in just 84 games. He is on an extremely team-friendly deal, under contract through 2023 and owed less than $18 million total over that span.

Granted, Toronto has enough young offensive firepower (Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr, etc.) that Gurriel may actually be expendable. They also had one of the worst rotations in the league last season and recently traded away their best pitcher.

Watch: Blue Jays steal home against Red Sox

Lourdes Gurriel

The Toronto Blue Jays extended their lead against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday thanks to a gutsy call.

Toronto’s Lourdes Gurriel Jr stole home successfully during a 3-run top of the fourth against Boston. Take a look at the jump he got:

That capped off a bad defensive inning from Boston’s battery. Two Christian Vazquez passed balls gave extra bases to Toronto, which they capitalized on to take a 5-2 lead. For Gurriel, that was his first stolen base of the season.

This was not a good look for the Red Sox, which received their 2018 World Series rings before the game but have begun this season 3-8.

Yuli Gurriel thinks his brother Lourdes is even better than he is

Lourdes Gurriel

Yuli Gurriel is a pretty accomplished baseball player, but he thinks his brother could be even better.

Gurriel’s brother, Lourdes, was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday and is set to start at second base. It’s an impressive jump for Lourdes, who is going straight from Double-A to the majors.

Asked on Friday about his brother, Yuli was extremely complimentary.

The 24-year-old was batting .347 with an .895 OPS in 12 games for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Incidentally, the Fisher Cats were loaded with offensive talent, boasting players like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio — all sons of former MLB All-Stars.

Yuli, 34, went from Cuba to the majors and is a career .290 hitter with an .809 OPS. If Lourdes is a better all-around player, he’s an All-Star in the making.