I’ve never understood why this doesn’t happen more often. I get there is some risk involved (always take the sure out, blah, blah, blah), but there really isn’t if you think about it. In Sunday afternoon’s Tigers-Astros game, Astros first baseman Tyler White hit a routine pop-up with Colby Rasmus on first base to Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler. This is what happened:
Colby Rasmus isn’t exactly Rickey Henderson on the basepaths, but he’s undoubtedly faster than Tyler White so that makes this play smart. Replace the faster guy with the slower guy, seems pretty simple. Yet, this brilliance rarely ever happens. In fact, I can’t think of one instance in which I saw this happen in all my years watching baseball. I don’t even think it was covered in Tom Emanski’s defensive drills video:
Well done, Ian Kinsler. You’re smarter than everyone else.