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Martin Maldonado literally hit the cover off of a baseball

Apr 19, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT

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Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado literally hit the cover off of a baseball when he grounded a Charlie Morton fastball to third base in the sixth inning on Friday night. As the ball bounced towards third baseman Pedro Alvarez, one of the flaps came undone. Alvarez fired across to first base, but the resistance caused by the errant flap caused the ball to dive into the ground about halfway between the pitcher’s mound and first base. Maldonado was safe as a result.

There’s video proof that a baseball cliche literally came true:

  1. wetmorepsu12 - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    E-5?

  2. aresachaela - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    KABOOOM!! ABREAU MEET YOUR NEW BROTHER IN MURDERING BASEBALLS!! HAHAHAHAHA XD!!

    • renaado - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      I see your back, I’m really hopin your results were good, no?

      Another reminder… It’s Abreu not Abre”A”u alright ;-) .

      • aresachaela - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        Ouch!! That’s my 7th strikeout this afternoon Ren :-( . Yeah, I passed thanks to your very “BOOOOORRRIIIINNNGGGG….” tutoring though, got a 2.7 avg in it could’ve been better :-D . You do know some of our guys you tutored are very very pissed that they didn’t pass. HAHAHAHA XD!!

      • Reflex - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        What did you pass?

      • renaado - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        Her summer exams.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    All the reactions are great…a collective on-field “Huh?”

  4. dcarroll73 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    I really hope that MLB is doing a quality check on that lot of balls. No dissing this player, but this is not supposed to happen to a properly made baseball. (Hey if Bonds didn’t do this a dozen times a season, then mere mortals shouldn’t be able to do it ever.)

    • cur'68 - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:59 AM

      I wonder if baseball manufacture hasn’t been altered again. Its not like that hasn’t happened before and the public wasn’t informed. This is 2 balls falling apart now. MLB will probably issue some sort of CYA statement soon, especially if another ball renders itself to bits.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      It sure seems that they are just not making baseballs like hey used to.

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        On the contrary, they are making them like they used to in 1909

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        My mistake.

      • paperlions - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        In 1909, they would use a single ball for an entire game…they didn’t ever take balls out of play until it wasn’t usable. Those balls had grit. Today’s balls are soft. One swing and they wet themselves.

  5. renaado - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    You… Have got to be… Kiddin me…

    • aresachaela - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      No, don’t mind it too much it’s their own fault anyways.

  6. rollinghighwayblues - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fym8o5JIqUo

  7. randygnyc - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:09 AM

    Dcarroll is right. Shouldn’t happen to a ball that’s been knocked around for months, by these monsters, let alone after a few pitch sequences. This is a quality control/manufacturing issue. It’s not attributable, at all, to these players getting “good wood”.

    • sailbum7 - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      I have to agree. This ball must have either had previous damage from something or there was a manufacturing defect. There is no way that a player should be able to knock the cover off a baseball that is undamaged and properly made, particularly when it has only been in use for a very small part of one game. I think that MLB needs to take a close look at the baseballs from the same manufacturing lot to see if there is a problem.

      I also hik that it is not right for a player to get a base hit because a defective ball can not be thrown from third to first without falling out of the air due to this kind of damage. I realize that there is little the officials could do about it, but I would hope that the official scorer would not credit the hitter with a base hit for this. It probably should go down that he reached base on an error since it was a throwing error caused by the damaged ball that kept him from being out at first base.

  8. DonRSD - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Maybe the pitcher was altering the baseball!?

    • nbjays - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      With what, a surgical scalpel?

      • dcarroll73 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        well played, sir, well played indeed. I am Gaylord Perry, and I approved this message.

  9. sabatimus - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Was there a lightning bolt on his bat?

  10. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Obviously MLB is messing with the baseballs this year. Maybe trying to doctor them so they don’t go as far when hit by not tightening the threads as much or something. This is already the 2nd time this year this has happened. Sneaky, sneaky.

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