The Carolina Mudcats (Brewers) executed the hidden ball trick, one of baseball’s oldest ruses, when they hosted the Buies Creek Astros of the Class A Advanced Carolina League on May 3. In the top of the seventh inning, the Astros, with runners on first and second, pulled off a successful double steal when the Mudcats’ […]
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The Mariners hosted the St. Louis Cardinals on June 25. In the top of the fifth inning, the Cardinals had runners on first and second and no outs when Mariners’ left fielder Seth Smith made a catch on a fly ball off the bat of Matt Carpenter just as a fan split between him and center fielder Leonys Martin. It was a bizarre sight. Since Smith made the catch, spectator interference was not called.
The hidden ball trick has been around baseball as long as peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks. Well known players like Juan Uribe (Dodgers) and Matt Carpenter (Cardinals) have been victimized by the rule in recent years. Tigers’ shortstop Jose Iglesias tried to pull off the stunt in the bottom of the fifth inning in Kansas […]