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Rule #37: Don’t Throw the Ball to First When the First Baseman Isn’t Looking

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This past July, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies combined to create one of the more initially confusing and funny misplays of the season.


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So watch (and laugh) as Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp scores from first, after Pirates first baseman Josh Bell gets distracted by the hitters’ bat flying into the stands and misses the *mostly perfect* attempted back-pick from Pirates catcher Elias Diaz (got all that?):

Here’s another, cleaner look:

Oh, Josh Bell.

Rule #37 may be “Don’t throw the ball to first when the first baseman isn’t looking,” but Rule #1 is “Always keep your eye on the ball,” so … I think this is mostly Bell’s fault.

But hey, we know it’s hard to keep your eyes off flying bats:


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Michael Cerami

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