Ladies and Gentleman, May I Present: The Infield Pop-Up Triple … Sorta

If you’re a little league coach, a parent, or someone who just wants baseball players to hustle out of the box, boy do I have the video for you.

Check out this Cardinals prospect, Randy Arozarena, getting all the way to third base on an infield pop-up that is is absolutely surrounded by Midland Rockhounds … but never caught by any of them.

Oh, and because each of the third baseman and shortstop were drawn in on the play, no one was covering third base, so Arozarena just kept on running:

Now that’s why you always hustle out of the box.

Of course, the play wasn’t actually scored as a triple, but it works just the same: Two batters later, Arozarena scored the game-tying run on his teammate’s double.

Considering that the Cardinals wound up winning by just one run, I’d say that was a pretty big play by Arozarena and a pretty bad one by the Rockhounds. I guess, sometimes, it’s easy to spot the difference between the Minor and Major Leagues …

Or maybe it’s not …

 

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Michael Cerami began covering the Chicago Cubs for Bleacher Nation as a part-time contributor in 2015. One year later, he joined Bleacher Nation full-time, covering the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball. Today, Michael runs Bleacher Nation, contributing as a writer (Cubs, MLB) and an editor for all sections of the site, including the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, as well as MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL. In 2019, Michael was the co-host of NBC Sports Chicago's Cubs Post-Game Show Outside the Ivy. You can find him on Twitter/X @Michael_Cerami

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