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Single + Yonder Alonso in left field = inside-the-park homer

Aug 5, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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Yesterday we learned that the Reds are giving Yonder Alonso some ground balls at third base in their ongoing effort to find ways to get the first base prospect in the lineup alongside Joey Votto.

Today we learned that, not only is he highly unlikely to ever be anything but awful defensively at third base, Alonso will have a tough enough time being passable in left field.

This afternoon Tony Campana of the Cubs hit a line drive into left field, which Alonso proceeded to awkwardly play into an inside-the-park homer.

MLB.com has the amusing video, although sadly they haven’t enabled embedding on it. So, you know, you’ll have to actually click here to see it.

  1. JBerardi - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Please to be explaining why the Reds have not traded this guy yet.

  2. grumblygus - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    To be fair, that looked like a double to me.

  3. spudchukar - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Hey Alonzo, the ball you are trying to catch, its over Yonder.

    • 78mu - Aug 5, 2011 at 6:01 PM

      Where’s Adam Dunn when you need him? Maybe if Dunn can’t hit anymore he can be hired to show Alonso how to play left.

  4. bleedgreen - Aug 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Alonzo was in left field…. not third base. Just saying.

    • bleedgreen - Aug 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM

      God damn it. I need to read better. Thumb me down.

  5. jamie54 - Aug 5, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Alonzo = Bad in LF, good AB. 2 for 4, 2 doubles so far.

  6. proudlycanadian - Aug 5, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Another reason for having a DH in the NL.

    • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      Or letting the pitcher play left field.

  7. metalhead65 - Aug 5, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    maybe if they had a manager who actually played him everyday he might learn how to play whatever position they put him at. but in dusty land you play a game and sit for a week. not saying he would be great but his chances would be better if he was out there playing. plus there is the reason they called him up and that is his bat. and it is dusty’s fault they are in this situation,if he had played Heisey back in May when it was obvious that gomes was not the answer they might know if Heisey was the answer and not have to go thru this on the job training. but know he went with the .130 gomes no matter what Heisey did in his limited playing time,hit 3 homers against yankees?that’s nice now sit on the bench for a week. meanwhile he plays stubbs every game no matter how many times he strikes out. they won in spite of him last year because everyone had career years and they got all the breaks. this year they are not playing well enough to cover for his awful decisions and the record shows what a lousy manager he is.

    • metalhead65 - Aug 5, 2011 at 9:05 PM

      so you people are taking up for dusty? have you not seen the reds play? if you are cub fans you should be saying we told you so because there is just no defending him. probably card fans who think st. larausa and the whiny bitches can do no wrong.reds fan my whole life but will root for anybody now that they are out of than the whiny bitches.

      • spudchukar - Aug 5, 2011 at 9:47 PM

        Tin Topper, Think you guys can hold off the Cubs for 4th?

  8. Dianne - Aug 5, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Yes, he’s a bad defender. But, speed puts pressure on plays too, and there’s no one faster than Campana in the majors. Darren Ford (SF) is as fast, but not faster. Good for Campana, his first pro home run, having never hit one in the minors!
    I’d venture to say that Campana will have various homeruns in his career, but none will ever be OUTSIDE-the-park homers.

  9. willcoop - Aug 5, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    I just got back from the game and look, that kid was already pulling into second base when the ball hit the wall. He was getting at least three bags. I have not seen a player run like that hitting the bags that way. The kid is not a good fielder but Campagna had everyone in the park standing with their mouths open. Unbelievable.

  10. willcoop - Aug 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    If the Cubs work hard with this kid, they may have just found their leadoff man for the next ten years. Speed kills, and the Cubs will find a way to kill this kid and send him somewhere else. See Sam Fuld.

    • JBerardi - Aug 5, 2011 at 8:29 PM

      Uhh, is this the same Sam Fuld that’s batting .238/.296/.357 right now?

    • metalhead65 - Aug 5, 2011 at 9:02 PM

      as long as he gets nowhere near dusty baker he should be fine.stubbs is pretty fast for the reds and look what dusty has done to him. take a guy who was not a leadoff hitter in the minors and make him one in the big leagues because he is fast.never mind that it is just one facet of his game no send him out there to strike out every at bat because you like his speed.

      • JBerardi - Aug 5, 2011 at 9:14 PM

        On base ability plays in the leadoff spot. Speed plays basically anywhere in the lineup.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:12 PM

        I don’t often agree with JBerardi, usually because of my blind loyalty to the Phillies and their players, but he is absolutely correct in his assessment of this issue.

      • metalhead65 - Aug 6, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        that may be the case with people who know what they are doing but not baker. remember he is the same guy who kept putting vorey patterson and willy taveras out there as leadoff man simply because they were fast. same thing he is doing with stubbs although stubbs is a much better player he is not a leadoff man.

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 5, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    Part of me is fine with the idea of the scorer favoring the home team, but how in the world is that not an error? HR? Seriously?

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