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Eric Cooper couldn’t believe Yasiel Puig’s throw, either

Jul 19, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

Yasiel Puig

Watch this whale of a throw from Yasiel Puig in right field that led to a blown call at third in the second inning of Friday’s Dodgers-Nationals game:

After catching the missile, Juan Uribe clearly tagged Bryce Harper on the ankle before Harper reached the bag, but third-base umpire Eric Cooper called him safe. Harper went on to score on a wild pitch, giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead.

  1. Gordon - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Dayum!

    • apkyletexas - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Dude was safe. Tag wasn’t applied until the glove stopped downward motion, at which point the runners’ hand had just touched the base. Ump was looking straight at the glove – perfect angle – didn’t seem too surprised by the throw.

      • yahmule - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        Get this man a suit of blue.

  2. qcubed3 - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    After days of withdrawal from no baseball, I’ve been getting my fix with this game. But then there was Puig’s throw and bad call and I had a total freakout.

  3. Stiller43 - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Im sure the ump was in disbelief that the throw was there, i’ll give him a break.

    Helluva throw though.

  4. dondada10 - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I’ve heard of outfielders throwing a strike to the bag, but was that a 2 seam fastball?

    It looked at first to be tailing to the homeplate side of the line and then cut to the bag. Freaky.

  5. hcf95688 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    East Coast Bias

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      East of Interstate-5 bias.

  6. jimeejohnson - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    The video’s an endless loop, which makes it clearer and clearer that:
    1) he was definitely out
    2) Puig is going to be THE MAN for a long time
    3) Dodgers will never let this kid go

    • acdc84 - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      Would it be weird if the Dodgers offered an extension to a 22 year-old who is two years into a seven year contract?

  7. moogro - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Confirmation bias call. That was a missile.

  8. irishdodger - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Best Dodger RFer since Mondesi…hopefully he doesn’t flame out the same way.

  9. scdocal - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Close play. He was tagged on hip. Puig needs to throw the ball through the cutoff man because what doesn’t get mentioned is all the runner he allows to advance by air mailing the cutoff man( not on that play). Regardless dude has a canon for an arm. Seems like we have another jeff franceour

  10. phillyphannn83 - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Who in the hell knows where I-5 is at? get a life dude

    • samlecure - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Anyone with a map?

  11. missingdiz - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Great throw. I give the ump a break. When the tag and the base are that far apart it’s physically impossible to focus on both of them. And the ump only gets one shot at getting it right.

  12. phillyphannn83 - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Raise your hand if you thought the Nats would be looking up at the Phillies in the standings at this point in the season

  13. dcarroll73 - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    At least soneone commented on how high the throw was. Not only did that bring in the cutoff man and baserunners advancing, but I think it also led directly to the safe call. The ball gets to the third baseman’s glove well ahead of the runner, but it is high enough that he has to tag his back or leg as he is sliding into the bag. That makes it very hard as another poster noted for any umpire to focus on both the hand going for the bag and the glove trying to make contact. The original lead-in made this play sound like Puig threw a strike to third, but frankly that throw would only have been a strike in high-arc softball. I know that my next remark will put me squarely in the “Get Off My Lawn!” camp, but the truth will out. Both Mays and Clemente made better throws, on the money, such that the runner was sliding in to meet the glove in front of the bag and leaving no doubt in the ump’s (or anyone else’s) mind that the runner was most assuredly out. This kid is good, but let’s not distort reality to exaggerate how good and to forget (and disrespect) what has come before.

  14. 1rdd - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Decent but still not as good as Rick Ankiels’ 2, yes, 2 throw outs years ago.

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