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Jered Weaver’s fake to third, throw to first results in two outs for Angels

Jul 15, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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Jered Weaver hasn’t had a whole lot of luck shutting down the Yankees’ bats today, but he made them look like Little Leaguers on the basepaths.

With runners on the corners and one out in the third inning today, Weaver did the fake-to-third, throw-to-first move and caught Robinson Cano napping. With Cano caught in a brief rundown, Alex Rodriguez took off for home. Erick Aybar, though, was able to apply the tag to Cano and throw home for the unconventional double play.

Both outs went as caught stealings. The Yankees entered with an 80.3 percent success rate stealing bases (49-for-61), putting them barely behind the Angels at 80.5 (70-for-87) for the best mark in the AL.

  1. butchhuskey - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    First time I’ve ever heard of that move working-
    Wasn’t MLB trying to make it illegal earlier this year?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Yep. It might be banned next year.

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/10/mlb-to-ban-the-fake-to-third-pickoff-play/

    • hittfamily - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      I find it so foolish to say the move “doesn’t work”. It works how it is supposed to. It keeps the runner on third close, the runner on first has to wait an extra split second to steal, and the batter may show his hand in whether he is bunting or not.

      You don’t have to get an out to consider pickoff throws successful. Why is this move different?

      • RickyB - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        My sentiments exactly. 10 thumbs up to you good sir.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        There’s probably a large group of people who fall into the “this move is so dumb, no one could possibly fall for it” category so they think it never works.

      • kickingiant - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:31 PM

        What I hate most about this move is when it clearly does work, and the runner on first or third freezes, but the pitcher is so set on going through the motions that he doesn’t throw the ball. My unofficial count only has that happening two or three times a year, but to me makes it more impressive that Weaver pulled the trigger when he had the chance.

      • professor59 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        It’s not getting banned because it doesn’t work. It’s getting banned because it is more of a balk than most of the things that currently qualify for a balk already. It deceives the runner as an exception to the balk rule for no good reason, so it’s a legal balk.

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Yankees with 4 TOOTBLAN’s so far this game, and we’re only through 5 innings!

    • hittfamily - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      What the heck is a TOOTBLAN?

      Two Out ……?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        Thrown
        Out
        On
        The
        Bases
        Like
        A
        Nincompoop

  3. randygnyc - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Next year it’s a balk.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    I fell for that move when I was in high school.

  5. yankees177 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    First of all the move is called the jeff nelson for a reason. he picked a guy off in the 90s if memory serves. He used to do it all the time hence the nickname. And I was there today, he didnt catch cano napping cano was going and as soon as he realized he was getting picked off he stopped. A couple mistakes happened on the play. Cano had a shot at second as the 2b was out of position when the ss took the throw but he elected to go back to first and arod went at the worst possible time, after thr tag had occurred. Arod shouldve either stayed at 3b OR shouldve taken off as the tag was being attempted. Arods a great baserunner but a couple times this year hes been a little slow on his jumps getting thrown out at home in a game a few weeks back.

  6. yankees177 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Oh and the fact that this move is being outlawed is a joke. If it gets people out they deserve it because theyre clearly not paying attention to the game. I still dont understand why other than fans booing this is being changed.

  7. mrhojorisin - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Actually, I saw this work twice in the same Mets game some years ago. Back in the 90s, I believe, and I think Turk Wendell was the pitcher. He picked two guys off first with it.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Yep…and Turk had just brushed his teeth between innings (for the 115th time in his career).
      Since the ole’ Jeff Nelson worked this time for him Turk and his obsessive compulsive teeth brushing were continued forever. Hell…Turk’s probably brushing his teeth right now!

  8. hgfrombc2 - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Tigers pulled this off against these same Yankees earlier this year and, like everyone else, I was thinking ‘seriously, they want to take this out of the game?’. I don’t care if it only works 1 out of 10,000 times. I know it’s not possible, but I’d like to see the percentages on players picked off 1st per attempt vs. the percentage of outs recorded on the fake-to-third-throw-to-first move.

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