Fundamentals? Fundamentals

Ben Revere, A.J. EllisYou learn something new every day at the ballpark?

For example, until last night I had been told a base runner on third with no outs and a ball hit in the air should be near the bag so he can tag up to at least try to score. But when Ben Revere did not tag to try to score when Domonic Brown hit a sinking line drive to Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford in the seventh inning in a 2-0 loss, the explanation afterward was that it was OK.

Most coaches or players who saw that play would be puzzled by that answer.

“You know what?” Ryne Sandberg said. “From my angle, that’s a tough call. It looked like a sure base hit, it was so shallow. I was surprised he made a catch on that. That was a tough call. I don’t know if it’s a shoestring catch, if he scores or not, if he does catch the ball. Definitely a big play though.”

Revere said he only tags if there is one out. If there are no outs he is running all the way.

“I was going no matter what,” he said. “The ball just kind of stayed up in the air. I thought it was going to land, and he made the catch with no outs. With one out I usually go back and tag, but, nah, I thought that ball was going to be down for sure off the bat.”

So the play there with no outs is don’t tag up?

“It was like a line drive, so I kind of froze, saw it in the air and that’s when … I was going on contact anyway, and I saw it, and it got closer, I was like, ‘This is going to be down,’ but he came in (and got it),” Revere said. “Usually with one out I go back and tag.”

Sandberg has stressed fundamentals constantly since the beginning of spring training. There have been countless drills. Infield drills. Outfield drills. Base running drills. Asked last night about those efforts and if he has seen enough improvement, Sandberg didn’t offer an answer.

“I think once again, that play right there is a tough call,” he said. “If he’s playing that shallow, or if he traps it, a shoestring non-catch, he’s got to be able to score there. Other than that, the guys battled. Pitching was outstanding tonight. Like I said, we did have three opportunities with two men on and no outs.”

8 Comments

Huh? Reveres’ logic escapes me. Between him and Dom Brown there doesn’t seem to be one shred of baseball instinct.

Couldn’t agree more. Ryno is making excuses for guys with shoddy baseball intelligence. Gotta start fining, benching or demoting.

That is the single dumbest explanation for anything that I have heard in my entire life.

In that situation you stand at the bag, & tag/attempt to score if possible. Period.

This is Little League play…. And these guys are paid millions (1%?) for what?
They are more than infuriating. In the real world ….without their union contract protection….they would be fired for poor performance.

How in the world does Sandberg defend Revere? The kid is a complete idiot out there! It’s absolutely ludricous! How many runs has he cost us?! Not to mention how demoralizing his poor play is!

Surprised at Ryne Sandberg’s comments. Hopefully you are not going to accept uninspired baseball. No excuses for not running to first base–Dominick Brown. Do the coaches address this attitude in the dugout. He should have been benched immediately.

how in this day can a supposedly professional baseball player not be aware of tagging up when a ball is hit in the air. This same player can’t seem to know the strike zone, five walks in the entire season? either doesn’t know how; won’t do it or thinks that the guys behind him can hit do the simple things like bunting. consider the other supposed hitters can’t lay down a bunt either to advance their teammates and their 3& 4 hole hitters can only deliver 1 hit /game but not in the same inning. these guys better go back to little league to relearn how to play .

Amaro has assembled the dumbest roster in baseball. And that includes Rollins (will not stop swinging at high fastballs), Utley (yet another baserunning blunder tonight), Byrd (let the ball drop in front of him tonight when it is a RULE that the outfielder takes charge on bloopers), and Chooch (don’t get me started on his pitch-location calling). The Cardinals have smart, less-talented players, and get to the post-season every year. We won’t see the playoffs again for 5 years with Amaro’s roster.

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