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Just Hanging Out on the Outfield Wall for a Catch is Not the Same as a Homer Robbery

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That baseball can be a game of inches is no secret. A couple of inches here or there can mean the difference between a home run and a fly out to the warning track.

It can also mean, for a fielder, the difference between a home run robbery, and well, just climbing a wall for no reason. Enter Marlins’ left fielder, Marcell Ozuna.

Last night, at first glance, it sure looked like Ozuna “robbed” Wilmer Flores of extra bases (probably even four of them), but on second look … yeah, he may have just misplayed that ball:

That’s …. not a home run robbery.

In fact, he may have been better off keeping both feet on the ground. I won’t take anything away from him – making adjustments is important – but I don’t think that was quite the robbery the Mets’ fan in the foreground thought it was.

But if you came here to see a home run robbery, I won’t leave you hanging.


Because last night there was a home run robbery … it just happened 3,300 miles away in Seattle.

That’s Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger definitively ROBBING a go-ahead home run from the Rangers’ Joey Gallo in the top of the eighth inning.

To be fair, both catches were great and both of the teams that made them went on to win their Easter matchup. So the bottom line: making adjustments = good, robbing home runs = better.



Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.