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Jeff Mathis made an interesting throw last night

Jun 25, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT


Jeff Mathis has inexplicably remained a favorite of Angels manager Mike Scioscia for a few seasons now, despite a .198/.261/.307 lifetime batting line and overstated defensive contributions behind the plate. I really hate to pile on the guy, but he did something that was was just too funny to ignore during last night’s game against the Dodgers.

In the fifth inning, Mathis responded to Tony Gwynn Jr.‘s steal of second base by throwing to first base. Really. I mean, I’ve done that in video games before by pressing the wrong button — I hate when that happens — but I’m not sure how this could happen in real life.

Anyway, if you want to watch it yourself, Sam Miller of the Orange County Register has a GIF of the play, as well as hilarious pictures of Mathis and Scioscia immediately following the throw. It’s a must-see.

  1. SmackSaw - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Vin Scully on the call: “And the throw goes to first. That’s novel.”

    I love Vin.

  2. cosanostra71 - Jun 25, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    and the Halos traded away Mike Napoli for Vernon Wells just so Sciosca could give him more time. Sciosca is a great manager but his obsession with Mathis is frustrating.

  3. The Baseball Idiot - Jun 25, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    His view of the runner was obviously blocked by the batter and he could see the runner wasn’t close to first. That’s a perfect pick-off scenario and he came up throwing.

    If he can’t see the runner, and his teammates aren’t telling him the runner is going, he has to do what he knows, not what everyone comments on after the fact.

    I’m not really sure why anyone would think this is so funny?

    Actually catching a real game provides a lot of perspective for analysis, not ridicule.

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