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Mark Teixeira destroys Bobby Wilson

Apr 24, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

BobbyWilsonTeixeira.jpgAngels catcher Bobby Wilson, who was making his first major league start on Friday, was forced to leave the game after being barreled over by Mark Teixeira while trying to block the plate in the third inning.

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Wilson was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and a concussion. He was taken to an area hospital for a CT scan and X-rays.

Following the game, Teixeira expressed regret for the incident:

“I feel terrible. It makes me sick,” Teixeira said. “You never want to
hurt a guy. I was going to slide, but as soon as I saw him learning toward
me, I thought, ‘OK, he’s got the ball, I’ve got to knock it loose.’
Every time I’m in that position I try to protect myself by lowering my

Upon first glance, it doesn’t appear that the collision was necessary, but with repeated viewings you’ll see that Teixeira didn’t even recognize that the ball had ricocheted away from Wilson. Even Angels manager and former catcher
Mike Scioscia called it “a clean play.” Some Angels’ players disagree, including Torii Hunter, who said Teixeira appeared to be “on a mission,” but I really think you have to give him the benefit of the doubt here.

  1. sjp - Apr 24, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    I’ve got an idea…..if you are the catcher and DO NOT have the ball, how about following the rules and stay out of the runner’s way?
    Any collision with a catcher that doesn’t have the ball (or is in the process of catching it) is 100% on the catcher, because he is NOT supposed to be in the basepath until he has possession of the ball.

  2. Pete - Apr 24, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Don’t be stupid. he thought he was going to come up with the ball and went to make the tag while PROPERLY blocking the plate. So happens the ball skipped away. This happens in baseball and both players did their jobs. Clean play, unfortunate outcome. move on.

  3. JerseyMatt - Apr 24, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Looks like a good clean baseball play from my vantage point.
    As a former catcher, I can tell you that you’re attempting to do three things at once on a bang-bang play at the plate: 1) catch the ball; 2) block the plate; and 3) see what route the baserunner is taking and how close he is relative to you relative to the plate and the throw.
    This is a simple case of occupational hazard.

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  4. YANKEES1996 - Apr 24, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    I hate to see anyone get hurt but this is how it goes at home plate when trying to make a big play. If Scioscia called it a clean play, well he would know, he was one of the leagues best. Tori Hunter is a huge CRYBABY to begin with and should shut up. If your going to block the plate you have to be willing to pay the price, and with Tex bearing down on you the bill is going to heavy. Quoting Rube the catcher from Major League 2 ” Mr.Parkman your a great ballplayer and all, but your standing on tracks and the train is coming through…butthead”. Don’t want to get hit by the train stay off the tracks.

  5. Chris W - Apr 24, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    That hit was about 1/10th as malicious as Torii Hunter’s shot on Jamie Burke. Why has Torii picked this season to sound off on things he’s clueless about?

  6. Old Gator - Apr 24, 2010 at 1:20 PM


  7. Nasty Boy - Apr 24, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Torii Hunter really is an idiot , not only about the Teixeira play , but his brilliant statement about the Latin players being so-called , “not real blacks” . What a genius , especially when the Angel fan base is mostly latino . I wonder if Torii has anymore brilliant statements to make ? His best bet would to keep his ignorant , and racist mouth closed , and play ball.

  8. zac - Apr 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    I actually think that Hunter, and Tex, for that matter, handled the matter perfectly a little a few innings later when Hunter appeared to have grounded out. A-Rod made a nice stop but his throw drew Tex well off the bag toward the outfield. Hunter was safe, ran past the base toward Tex, who was fielding the errant throw, and Hunter ran into him while throwing an obvious couple of elbows forward in a manner similar to the way Tex did to Wilson. Hunter did not, however, go too far out of his way to do it – his momentum happened to be carrying him toward where Tex was anyway, and his elbows weren’t thrown hard enough to actually hurt anyone – and to both of their credit, that was the end of it. Hunter sent his message that he wasn’t happy about the way Tex had run into Wilson, and Tex quietly accepted it and they both continued playing the game. Good on both of them.

  9. Jamie Burke - Apr 24, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Blow it out your a$$

  10. mike - Apr 24, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Did any of you actually watch the play? He wasn’t blocking the plate – he was on the first base side of the plate. Tex had to cross over the plate in the air to hit him, then go back after the play to touch home. Yankees suck anyway and lost the game, and steroid-boy couldn’t get it done in the 9th.

  11. Perry - Apr 24, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Let’s see the Angles manager is what 40 or so feet from home plate, Hunter is in the outfield 300+ feet from home plate. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Angles manager had a better view of the play. You never wish anyone to get hurt, but Wilson should just thank god it wasn’t a replay of the Rose/Fosse collision in 1970. Tori Hunter probably wouldn’t know much about that play since he wasn’t even born yet.

  12. twins2010 - Apr 24, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    What play were you watching? Look at it again – Texiera had no way of knowing Wilson miised he throw, and made the play he had to knock the ball out of Wilson’s mitt. Wilson was himself moving towards the 3rd base line anticipating the throw and tag of Texiera. I horrible collision, but not a dirty play in anyway.
    I am a Twins fan, and don’t like the Yankees either. Obviously your dislike of them prevents you from being objective, but it was a hard clean play.

  13. Pistol - Apr 25, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    twins2010 , this jerk mike not only doesn’t understand baseball ,but he must be deaf , and blind . The play was not only described perfectly by Joe Buck , it was replayed many times . Mike has two problems , one , he’s narrow minded , and two , he’s a sux fan . In reality those two problems go hand and hand . Mike open your eyes , and what mind you have left .

  14. Evil spawn of dp/Pistol/Nasty Boy - Apr 25, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Red Sox sux. Yankees roolz.

  15. mike - Apr 25, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Pistol and Twins2010 – you guys are both wrong. Tex knew exactly where Wilson was and he flew completely over the plate to get him. That’s why he walked back to touch the plate after the play. And you both know that Scioscia’s a class act and wouldn’t say anything publicly anyway.
    And Perry – “Angles” are something you learn about in geometry if you ever made it in school that far, not a baseball team. That pretty much undermines any comments you make.

  16. Spice - Apr 25, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    The more Torii Hunter speaks, the clearer it becomes that he is a moron
    Sciocia think it was a clean play. If one of the best plate blocking catchers of all time thinks it was a clean play then I think I will accept that as fact. Mr Hunter really needs to learn to keep his mouth shut.

  17. Pistol - Apr 26, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    You maybe right , but I didn’t think Tex would be that kind of player . He just never struck me that way . A very good point about Scioscia . He’s one of the best managers in baseball . I really can’t argue with your take ,and it is your opinion.

  18. Big Harold - Apr 26, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    You clearly don’t weren’t watching nor does it appear that you’ve ever actually played baseball. Had you actually watched the play or played competitive baseball this is what you would have seen;
    Wilson is on the first base side of home plate when the ball approached the plate. As the ball came in Wilson was clearly attempting catch it and lunge to his left to tag out the runner. Had the ball been delivered to the plate on one hop rather than two or had Wilson cleanly fielded the ball Teixeira likely would have been out. The fact that Wilson doesn’t field the ball one could easily ask; why was he lunging to his left towards the runner without the ball and therefore putting himself in harms way? The answer is that it’s baseball instinct for a catcher to assume he’ll make that catch so it’s natural of him to be moving in that direction. It is what catchers do.
    At the same time Teixeira is rounding third closing in on the plate and running as hard as he can. From the video he’s clearly not looking towards the outfield to see how close the throw will be, why because he doesn’t have the time. He’s making his decision based on the catchers actions. He saw the catcher setting up to make a play on him. Therefore, it would be natural for him to assume it was going to be a close play. He made his decision to barrel into the catcher in the same time frame and same manner as the catcher made his decision to field the ball and lunge towards the runner. Why does Teixeira chose to go hard into the plate?? For the same reason the Wilson is lunging towards the runner even after he misses the catch, .. baseball instinct. It’s what runners closing in on home plate do.
    Now, take Wilson’s perspectives and his actions and Teixeira’s perspectives and his actions and compress them into about a second and a half, .. maybe two seconds.
    It was a close play and both players chose to play hard ball. Neither is at fault. It happens in baseball. In fact, had Teixeira not gotten on base because he was hit, I seriously doubt that there is even a question about this incident.

  19. ANGELS1992 - Apr 26, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Hey fool, Tori Hunter is the most respected player in the league, so just shut your face and go hang out with a team that cares for nothing but winning.

  20. Mike - Apr 26, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    that’s probably a fair assessment. For what its worth, I played a lot of baseball (through college, division III) and have a very nuanced understanding of the game. But I do hate to see a guy get hurt, in particular when it appears that Tex would have been safe with a straight-away slide. But as you say, that happens sometimes on baseball.

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