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Jose Bautista threw out another runner at first base from right field

May 30, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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Yesterday, Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista retired Royals DH Billy Butler on what appeared to be a line drive single to right field. Bautista fired a laser to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion to retire the slow-footed Butler before he could touch the first base bag.

The Royals were victimized by the 9-3 putout again on Friday night, again by Bautista. Second baseman Omar Infante hit a bloop down the right field line. He assumed it would land in uncaught in foul territory, so he turned his back and didn’t run to first base. Bautista slid, snagged the ball on a hop, and fired to first base before a recovering Infante was within five steps of the bag. Watch:

  1. mmeyer3387 - May 30, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Its always pleasure to see someone do something special in baseball that most of us seldom see happen.

    • renaado - May 30, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      Back to back days where Bautista throws out a runner at first is surely one of kind, definitely a play we rarely see nowadays.

      • moogro - May 31, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        Hope he does it three days in a row. He’ll end up in Brooks baseball or something. By the way, how does one lose a ball that you just hit, especially when there’s a right fielder running hard to it?

      • renaado - May 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        “By the way, how does one lose a ball that you just hit, especially when there’s a right fielder running hard to it?”

        Dunno if I got the right term to answer that. But one thing for sure, one way or the other, In Bautista’s mind he’s certainly goin to have a play on that one and he’s confident he’ll do somethin only few ballplayers would have done. Throwing out two guys at first in back to back days.

        If the third one “might” happen shall we say… Then, I’m buyin myself a Jays cap and I’ll use it for one day… If I find one that is.

  2. tedwmoore - May 30, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Good to see that my Royals are back to being hilariously bad. Those few months when we actually thought the team might contend for the playoffs were uncomfortable.

    • royalsblues - May 31, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      You know “your Royals” actually won both of these games, right?

      • nvl004 - May 31, 2014 at 6:36 AM

        nice. really stuck it to him with the bunny ears

  3. 1harrypairatesties - May 31, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Uhh, that’s not Billy Butler dumbass.

    • zzalapski - May 31, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      Uhh, try reading the post again.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - May 31, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      That must have been a glorious 30 seconds for you when you thought you had exposed a huge mistake by BB. Then you reread the post. *insert jeopardy loser horn here* Too bad you can’t delete posts here.

  4. mikhelb - May 31, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    The good thing is Infante did not run, if he had he would have injured himself and would miss the rest of the season. At least that’s what I’ve read from those who “argument” that players should never hustle out of the box and instead should just trot to avoid injuries.

    • Kevin Gillman - May 31, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      Yeah, running the bases is very overrated.

  5. 1harrypairatesties - May 31, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Uhh, my bad.

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - May 31, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Two good plays by Bautista for sure, helped mightily Thursday by a sharp hop off the concrete and carpet in fka SkyDome, and helped tonight by a woeful lack of hustle by the batter. In a real ballpark, with normal hustle, he probably makes neither play.

    • dan1111 - May 31, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      Of course when a play is made because a batter turned around and decided not to run, it would not have happened if he had run. In other news, a base runner would not have been picked off if only he had been standing on the bag, a hitter would not have struck out if only he had made contact with the pitch, etc.

      As for last night, I’m pretty sure that was hustling for Butler.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 31, 2014 at 2:39 AM

        Brilliant sarcasm. Had you read what I wrote, you’d see that I said that the play on Thursday was made possible by the hop off the carpeted concrete floor in Toronto. On real grass, that play would not likely have been possible.

      • Carl Hancock - May 31, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        Since you didn’t get the message clear enough from the other guy who replied, which wasn’t really sarcasm, here it is:

        How about just saying “Nice play” instead of “Nice play BUT…”

        Shut up and just enjoy it. Is it that hard to do?

  7. phillysports1 - May 31, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Bautista for MVP ( if jays win the division )

    • dan1111 - May 31, 2014 at 1:57 AM

      Best player for MVP ( regardless of whether his team wins the division )

      • 18thstreet - May 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        I don’t care. I’m voting for Andre Dawson regardless.

  8. ripwarrior - May 31, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    Why does buck Martinez pronounce his name “bow-tista”

  9. breezysmeezy - May 31, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Major mental mistake by Infante, good heads up play by Bautista

  10. watermelon1 - May 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Uh… That’s what we call “firing a laser” these days?

  11. Jeremy Fox - May 31, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Crash Davis: “Run, dummy!”

  12. Walk - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Bautista hustled and he was rewarded with the ball finding his glove. For as solid a player as infante is he gave up and got burned. Always run them out, always hustle.

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