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Video: Yasiel Puig throws out Mike Trout on inside-the-park home run attempt

Mar 6, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

Mike Trout AP AP

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? You decide.

Baseball fans were provided with a heaping slice of awesomeness in this afternoon’s Cactus League matchup between the Dodgers and Angels, as Mike Trout‘s attempt at an inside-the-park home run was dashed thanks in part to a throw from Yasiel Puig.

In the bottom of the first inning, Trout scorched a line drive to center field off Dan Haren which landed beyond the reach of a diving Puig and bounced toward the outfield wall. After tracking the ball down, Puig made a strong throw to cut-off man Hanley Ramirez, who turned and threw to catcher A.J. Ellis just in time to nail a diving Trout at home plate.

Watch the video in all its glory below:

Angels manager Mike Scioscia immediately came out to challenge the play. However, while it was originally assumed that he was arguing that Trout’s hand touched home plate before Ellis’ tag, he was actually contesting whether the new home-plate collisions rule was being followed properly. Trout would have been awarded home plate if Ellis was found to be in violation of the rule, but the umpires found no wrong-doing after looking at the replay. According to Alden Gonzalez of, the play at home was reviewed as a “crew-chief challenge,” so Scioscia didn’t use his challenge in the situation. Yes, this new system is going to take some getting used to.

  1. missingdiz - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Man, that’s baseball. It did look to me like Trout got his hand in there 1/10 of a second before he got tagged, but I wouldn’t fight over it even in the regular season. Wow. Take me out to the ball game!

    • mick2014 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      More like Puig misplays and dives for a ball that should have been a single then throws the relay to Hanley who gets Trout by a whisker. Outfielders get assists for relays?LOL.

    • matthewpgrace - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      So nice to see TWO MAJOR DRUG CHEATS involved in the same play….It will inspire the kids!!!!

  2. halladaysbiceps - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    #1. Yasiel Puig didn’t throw out Trout. #13, the cut-off man, did on the relay throw from Puig.

    #2. Yasiel Puig dove incorrectly on that play to allow the ball to go to the wall.

    • scatterbrian - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      #13 is Hanley, and his catch-and-release made the play a little closer than it should have been.

      • halladaysbiceps - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Agreed. It was closer than it should have been, but Trout was probably out. Not my beef though.

    • spudchukar - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Ceps, I am behind you 1000%, and I don’t say that often. DJ what game were you watching. Puig misplayed the liner into the gap allowing Trout to circle the bases The ball went under his glove. He botched it, and while it certainly wasn’t an easy play, it once again brings into question Puig’s decision making ability at a prime defensive position.

      • halladaysbiceps - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Agreed. You make my point, spuds. It was Puig that botched the ball, so he becomes the hero, EVEN WITHOUT THE PUT OUT! Hahahahaha!

      • apkyletexas - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        Agreed – nine times out of ten, that’s called safe, and Trout scores. Puig butchered the hell out of it, but saved by the ump.

      • spudchukar - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        One more side note, Trout’s base running wasn’t exactly a thing of beauty either.

      • jm91rs - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        I was thinking the same thing about his base running. He didn’t look so smooth rounding 2nd

    • rk01701 - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      You are absolutely right, Puig DID NOT throw out Trout.
      ” Hanley Ramirez, who turned and threw to catcher A.J. Ellis just in time to nail a diving Trout at home plate.”
      Hanley is the man on this play

  3. paperlions - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Pujols scoffs at that play, noting that he would have been safe. At second.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      You forgot to say: “Ack, ack!”

  4. johnnysoda - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Wow, so Trout gets thrown out by Puig, and then the manager almost uses a challenge to argue the rule against home plate collisions. Baseball 2014, everyone!

    • halladaysbiceps - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Trout didn’t get thrown out by Puig. He was thrown out by the cut-off man. Watch the video embedded.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:40 PM


        Two assists. One putout.

  5. halladaysbiceps - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    You know what, this is the type of “reporting” that I’m talking about, whether it be a beat writer or a blog writer. Look at the headline (Video: Yasiel Puig throws out Mike Trout on inside-the-park home run attempt) and look at the actual video. It’s 100% fallacy. Who’s accountable for false presentation anymore? I have no idea.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Just enjoy feeling superior then.

      • halladaysbiceps - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        Every once in a while, can you just shut-up, historiophiliac? I say that with no malice. Just a thought. :)

      • historiophiliac - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:02 AM

        There were 23 posts put up on HBT today. I commented on 5 of them. That’s less than 1/4. Also, per Twitter, I have tweeted 745 times total. You have more than SIXTEEN THOUSAND tweets. Unless that’s over like 25 years, there’s no way I comment more than you do. Have a nice night.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        Don’t take no orders from no woman.

        /hoping that someone besides me gets that reference

    • dcarroll73 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      The headline probably did not mislead the poor young-uns who assumed it had to be a relay to the plate. If they’d seen Willie in the day, they would understand why they call it “cut-off man” and know that some rare people actually could throw a 300-and-some-foot strike to the plate.

    • missingdiz - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      You know what, hal-ceps, you got awfully worked up about 1 play in a spring-training game. It is just a game. No, not even. It’s just a blog about a game. Historiophiliac seems to enjoy the game. I don’t know what you’re into really. But you don’t have any authority to tell anybody to shut up.

    • baberuthslegs - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:09 AM

      The headline is an attempt to get people to click on the post.

  6. Stiller43 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    The title couldnt be more misleading…

    • scatterbrian - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      What about this one?

      Video: Dr. Who throws out Ron Burgundy on half-court touchdown attempt

  7. mikhelb - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    If Trout or Harper or Puig or somebody good and young end up injuried with a broken

    Or even better, a team will designate a player to be their representative before each game and will face the other team’s designated player in an XBOX One match of baseball… so as to avoid physical contact between multimillionaires playing ball.

  8. tfbuckfutter - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Starting with this post, if you read just the first two sentences in each post to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody then you will probably find that you just wasted a lot of time on a Thursday night.

    Trust me.

  9. provguard - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    What is the point of this story??? Player A gets thrown out at home by Player B??? If you think you are putting Puig in a class with Trout, your bra strap is cutting off your blood supply to your brain. Last year was Puig’s career year….

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      I think the point was “Hey, look at this cool highlight video which involves two of baseballs emerging superstars who, unless they switch teams, won’t see each other in competition very frequently. Oh, and also the highlight video includes a close play at the plate while a player attempts a relatively rare feat.”

    • dcarroll73 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      And besides tf…’s spot-on comment on why the play was newsworthy, what is up with your uncalled for misogynism? Frankly we have a number of regular female posters on HBT who certainly would not have needed tf’s comment to understand (while apparently you did.)
      I am a biased Giants fan who tends to think that Puig is a punk (but he is a Dodger so we make allowances.)

    • historiophiliac - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      I don’t even understand that. Are you suggesting that a shoulder strap cuts off circulation to the top part of your body from the sides? What? It traps all the blood in your arms??? Maybe you mean the band instead of the strap? Or, are you just trying to suggest that brains are stored in the breasts — cuz if that’s the case, you’re probably a moron and the ladies are friggin’ geniuses in comparison.

      • Reflex - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        Well, at least the 40 year old virgin of the blog revealed themselves, right?

  10. infieldhit - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Watching the abridged replay of the game on the Angels’ network now. Apparently someone didn’t think this play warranted inclusion in the final edit.

  11. Joe Vecchio - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    If Andrelton Simmons were the cutoff man, they wouldn’t have needed a replay

  12. deep64blue - Mar 7, 2014 at 4:36 AM

    Total confusion on the replay rule, why this mixture of challenges and crew-chief reviews, it’s borked!

  13. bostonboresme - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Puig did nothing but f*** up that play. Hail to the man who can’t play center field!

  14. Charles Gates - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Hey Mikey, good effort and all, but that’s a pretty dumb stunt to pull in an exhibition game…head first slide into what could have been catcher’s gear. You’re risking not only this season but signing your $150MM extension.

  15. sportingit - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Puig can’t win for losing: The outcome of the play, owing to his hustle and ability is the same as if he’d made a rather difficult catch proper. Why all the hate, folks?

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