Current Mets manager Buck Showalter as soon as ordered Barry Bonds – the very best hitter in baseball on the time — to be walked with the bases loaded.
But Corey Seager?
Angels manager Joe Maddon had pitcher Austin Warren problem a free cross to the brand new Rangers shortstop with the bases loaded within the fourth inning of Friday’s recreation in Texas. The transfer initially backfired with the Rangers scoring two further runs within the inning, earlier than the Angels got here again to publish a 9-6 victory.
“I thought by walking Seager, it would avoid the big blow,” Maddon defined after the sport. “And just to stir up the group, quite frankly. It’s not something you normally do. I thought by going up there and doing something like that, the team might respond to something like that.”
Maddon had tried this as soon as earlier than throughout his 19 seasons as a big-league manager, strolling Texas star Josh Hamilton with the bases full as manager of the Rays in 2008.
Showalter’s determination to walk Bonds with the Diamondbacks in 1998 was the one different occasion of a bases-loaded intentional walk since 1950. There beforehand have been 5 recorded situations, together with of Hall of Famers Nap Lajoie in 1901 and Mel Ott in 1929.
Seager, the previous Dodgers shortstop who signed a 10-year contract value $325 million with Texas as a free agent within the offseason, is batting .333 with one residence run and 6 RBIs in seven video games this season.
Following the intentional walk, Mitch Garver lifted a sacrifice fly and Warren balked residence one other run for a 6-2 Texas lead. The Angels scored 5 runs within the prime of the fifth – together with a homer by Shohei Ohtani – and two extra within the seventh to enhance to 4-4 this season.
“Absolutely, it surprised me, but I’m not going to tell Joe Maddon no,” Warren stated after the sport. “I belief Maddon quite a bit and it labored out.
“Whatever it did, it sparked us. Because we put up five runs the next inning. So it all worked out.”
Texas manager Chris Woodward additionally admittedly was shocked by Maddon’s transfer.
“I think everybody was [surprised],” Woodward stated. “I’ve seen it done to the best hitter in the game in Barry Bonds. It’s obviously a compliment to Seager, to how good he is. Who knows, maybe it’s a grand slam or maybe it’s a double play? But that wasn’t the reason they won. They didn’t get out of it because of that. And because of that, we ended up scoring a few runs.”