Yasmani Grandal Tag Archive

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Don’t Look Back

Teams often lose a “Time Play” run when the runner advancing to the plate looks back to see what’s going on behind him. The Dodgers dodged a bullet when Joc Pederson made this mistake while the Dodgers hosted the Milwaukee Brewers on June 16, 2016. It took instant replay to confirm the Dodgers’ tying run […]

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Runner Slides Home During Time Play

The runner approaching home plate needs to touch the plate ASAP. I would prefer that he run through the plate rather than slide. In the following play, however, the runner hustled home and slid to beat the third out. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Boston Red Sox on August 7, 2016. The Dodgers had […]

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Time Play

When the third out occurs by a back runner just before or just after a lead runner crosses the plate and that out is not the result of a force out or the batter-runner being retired before reaching first base for the third out, you have a “Time Play.” If the runner advancing home crosses […]

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Ball Gets Lodged in Catcher’s Equipment

Ball Gets Lodged in Catcher’s Equipment In the July 31, 2016 game between the Dodgers and D’backs in Los Angeles, a pitched ball disappeared into the chest protector of Dodgers’ catcher Yasmani Grandal. A fourth-inning curveball in the dirt from pitcher Ross Stripling bounced off Grandal’s mask and into his chest protector. At the time […]