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Out of Left Field: “Math is Hard” – Rhys Hoskins and Evan Gattis, Probably

Baserunning is hard. However, when you do it as bad as Rhys Hoskins and Evan Gattis once did, it’s even harder.

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Out of Left Field: “Math is Hard” – Rhys Hoskins and Evan Gattis, Probably


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It’s a bird, it’s a plane. No? IT’S A TOOTBLAN!

Early in the 2018 season, two teams made plays on the basepaths that should be hung in the wall of shame. Five outs were made in these plays, and they deserve a look, and then a re-look.

Let’s start with this one.

We’re gonna play a game called “what do you do?” Say you’re a guy who gets caught on a pickoff at first base. To save face you get into a pickle between first and second. You’re probably hoping that maybe the guy on third gets enough time to run home, right?

Now, say you’re that guy on third and you see this happen, so you start inching towards home. It’s important to note that you’re inching, not running. That decision to inch gives the pitcher enough time to throw you out at home, leaving the guy at first plenty of time to get to second, or even potentially third.

Let’s go back to the guy on first. Say all this happens. Do you?

A) Hightail it to third, realizing you’ve just gotten an out but at least leave someone in scoring position?

B) Stop at second, because you’ve really boned this one and you shouldn’t press your luck?

C) Run for third, but when the guy gets tagged out at home causing only the second out of the inning you start to jog and walk for third assuming the inning is over?

Don’t pick C, Rhys Hoskins. Just don’t. The perfect definition of a TOOTBLAN.

Now let’s look at the second boneheaded baserunning play:

Sure, this isn’t quite baserunning, or a TOOTBLAN, but what the hell is Evan Gattis doing? As a baseball player, you have more than one job every game, but a big part of that job is counting to three. Hoskins and Gattis could use a quick refresher. I’ll do them one better, and offer them this video from Feist teaching them to count all the way to four.

Also, fun fact: this song is over 10 years old!

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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