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Video of the Day: That’s one way to avoid a tag

Apr 19, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

Via With Leather, here is University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Tyler Splichal showing us a pretty good way to get out of a rundown.

All fun and games until a catcher gets both of his knees broken in such a play. But for now it’s fun!

  1. rvnc - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I think it’s a pretty cool move. Don’t really see the injury risk to be honest, happening at that speed the only thing that will be hurt is the catcher’s pride….

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      You don’t see how all of the sudden having your legs taken out from under you while sprinting could cause an injury? I’d actually like to know if that player got one in the ribs in his next AB.

      • rvnc - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        If I may……

        1.I believe i said ‘happening at that speed’, the catcher doesn’t look like he’s sprinting to me. The impact of stumbling over the baserunner in that situation is fairly minimal. There’s more risk of injury from a baserunner trying to break up a double play than this

        2)Isn’t it nice to see some innovation and creativity rather than just run back and forward until the inevitable occurs?

        3) I’m not suggesting you agree with this course of action, but I’m fairly certain a fastball to the ribs would be more dangerous than this.

        Anyway I’m out.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        It is a bit of an inovative play but I think it borders on dirty. And as far as if he got hit later, that was me wondering how his teammates and coaches felt about the play not me necessarily endorsing it.

      • bigharold - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        “… could cause an injury?”

        It really didn’t look premeditated. it looked more like the guy was making it up as he went along. And, while it might be possible that a catcher could end up with a knee injury it seems far more likely that a player could take a knee to the back of the head and get knocked out too.

        Baseball, like life, is a contact sport.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Not replying to anybody, actually, but it seems apropos in this thread…I wonder what happened to the idea of admiration? I recall being able to appreciate opponents’ creative moves whether they worked out or not. Baseball is such a beautiful, kinetic energy kind of game, with very clear rules that still have so many loopholes, I loved it when somebody got a new idea. Imagine! 100 years and kids are still trying to outdo the game and each other. I used to love that as a player and I could honestly say (being a catcher myself), “good idea. That was interesting. Oh, and I totally tagged you out, too.” I think that MLB players still privately admire each other’s innovations and amazing feats, but somehow the “guardians of the game,” mainly writers and ESPN emptyheads, have scolded us fans into submissives who parrot stupid things like “hey, that’s an unwritten rule and he showed the other guy up and somebody should throw at his head!” because…because…something something Old School/Safety/Manhood/Purity of the Game. Which is all to say, it’s not much fun to forever be reminded that fans and players are really just oblates to the God Baseball, who demands serious, joyless worship from all, forever, as instructed by the pissy old men who hate life.

  2. Charles Gates - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    ‘Goose, I’ll hit my brakes and he’ll fly right by.’

  3. notsofast10 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Great move, except when you are tagged with the ball on the shoulder, you should be called out.

    • sulldawga - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Looks like he tagged the runner on the shoulder with his glove, but the ball was in his other hand.

      • notsofast10 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Watch the hand with the ball, it tags his left shoulder.

      • bigharold - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        “.. but the ball was in his other hand.”

        Isn’t he out by virtue of the “electricity” rule?

      • forsch31 - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        No, on the slo-mo replay, you can see that he missed the tag.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      I don’t think he got him.

  4. blacksables - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Do you actually understand the rules ?

  5. sisisisisisisi - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    See if you can avoid this

  6. Stiller43 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I was expecting to see him grab some dirt and throw it in his eyes (in guessing he’d be called out?)…but this works too.

  7. mentalotherhalf - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    It’s very unlikely for the catcher to break his knees in that situation. The pressure(s) and leverage(s) exerted against the catcher’s knees are going to result in one of two outcomes, depending (mostly) on the disposition of his upper body weight at the time that the runner’s body presents an unavoidable obstacle to the lower legs’ forward progress:

    1) The catcher might fall backward, onto his butt. Assuming the runner doesn’t then get up and jump on the catcher’s knees, there are no forces involved that would even endanger the knees. Bodies are actually designed to fall down that way.

    2) The catcher might fall or flip forward (probably over the runner; pretty much what happened in the video). This is usually the more likely scenario, as in that chase situation his upper body weight and the rest of his momentum are carrying the catcher forward. In this case, pretty much by definition, his legs are up in the air, with no force(s) or leverage(s) acting against them. If he tries to do some boneheaded type of flip or otherwise introduces an additional element into the situation, I guess the catcher could find a way to, essentially, hurt himself. But that’s “anything can happen” territory and more on the catcher than the runner. The same is true for any player, at any position, when fielding a ball or even just running to back up a play. As an athlete, you pretty much need to know how to fall down without hurting yourself. It’s a very specific skill, but not really a difficult one. That’s all that’s happening here: the catcher falls down. The runner provided more of an interruption than an impact to the catcher’s legs, and if he had impacted the catcher’s legs, the catcher could just fall down on his butt, and his knees would not be broken.

    See also: aikido; “sudori” or “sliding technique”. That technique is almost exactly what the runner did, and that technique is actually designed to PRECLUDE and PREVENT injury to the person being flipped. I’ve been practicing and teaching it for about twenty years, and I’ve never seen anyone even come close to breaking a knee. I’ve seen a few spirits broken, but hey: wanna make an omelet…

    I know that was kind of a rant, but please know that I wrote it with a smirk on my face and in participation with what I understand to be this forum’s orientation around accuracy, reason, and knowledge. And messing with Craig.

  8. JB (the original) - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    At the end there I was thinking “look at the Leno-esque chin on that dude” til I noticed (on a 2nd viewing) that he simply has a skin colored beard.

  9. Robert Dobalina - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Horrible job by the catcher there. You don’t run haphazardly at the baserunner who is in the rundown. You slowly make your way up the line behind him and when he gets close to the 3rd base bag, you throw to the 3rd baseman. Then he runs the guy down the line to your backup. Until you get one of those 2-6-3-5 put outs. What you DO NOT do is run like your hair is on fire 3 feet from the guy trying to tag him. Geeze.

  10. anxovies - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    The only way that I see a serious injury from the play is if one of the players is running with scissors.

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