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If you or Ray think that that was a play that's in the remotest way routine
Okay, language backdown, with apology for exaggeration of your description.
If you or Ray think that that was a play that's in the remotest way routine, you're in a distinct minority both here and among ballplayers like Larkin.
I found it to be a very good play, while also finding some of the reactions here on the hyperbolic side. But Machado is building an excellent body of work for himself at third; I searched for "Manny Machado defense" in the mlb.com video library a couple weeks ago and spent a highly enjoyable 20 minutes or so.
I won't comment on Ray's pathetic, willful misreading of my post
I go the other direction--we often give infielders credit for 'knocking down' hard hit balls that are difficult to play in order to be able to make the throw to first and get that runner. I see that as what Machado did, rather than 'failing' to field the ball cleanly.
I found ludicrous the argument that Machado meant to "knock the ball down" since that gave him a better chance of converting the out. (On what planet this gave him a better chance was not disclosed.)
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Except Ray won't even concede it was a terrific throw. He believes that was a throw that every third baseman can make.
I won't comment on Ray's pathetic, willful misreading of my post.
It's not that hard, people!
Presumably, the same planet where if he doesn't get his glove on the ball it's a double.
Are you arguing that his purpose from the beginning was to save a double rather than try to record an out at first?
1. He understands how to play defense better than I do. But I can watch plays made just as well as he can.
If the ball is sharply hit, an infielder's primary goal is to keep the ball in front of him and put himself in position to make an out. Fielding it cleanly is always better of course, but what Machado did was a feature of the way infielders are taught to play, not a bug.
Major league infielders simply do not play defense this way.
No. Major league infielders simply do not play defense this way.
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