Posted July 26, 2013

Watch: Dodgers infielders deke Shin-Soo Choo into easy out

Hanley Ramirez, Shin-Soo Choo

Shin-Soo Choo

Shin-Soo Choo was tricked into an out by Hanley Ramirez and Skip Schumaker of the Dodgers. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The term “deke” derives from the word decoy, the second definition of which, per Merriam-Webster, is “someone or something used to lure or lead another into a trap.” A better definition might be: “What the Dodgers did to Shin-Soo Choo on Thursday night.” In the eighth inning of last night’s Reds-Dodgers game, Los Angeles’ middle infielders, shortstop Hanley Ramirez and second baseman Skip Schumaker, tricked Reds baserunner Shin-Soo Choo into making an entirely unnecessary out at second base.

Choo, who had led off the inning with a single, was on first base with one out and Joey Votto at the plate. On the 0-1 pitch to Votto, Choo took off for second and Votto singled on a low drive into center. Choo reached second base safely before the ball even hit the outfield grass, yet Ramirez and Schumaker somehow deked him into thinking the ball had been caught in the air. Choo began to retreat to first base only to have centerfielder Andre Ethier throw behind him for a force out, all of this despite the fact that Votto had been trying to alert Choo to the deke on his way down to first base. Here’s the play:

It’s hard to tell from the video alone if Choo thought Ramirez or Ethier caught the ball, or if he was first fooled in to thinking Ramirez did, then into thinking Ethier did. Nor is it clear exactly what Schumaker is doing, though he’s very committed to whatever it is (possibly yelling at Ramirez to throw the imaginary ball to first base to double up Choo). Regardless of their exact methods, however, Ramirez and Schumaker succeeded in thoroughly confusing Choo and stealing an out from the Reds.

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6 comments
mjhellund
mjhellund

Between Homer Bailey crying about having to pitch against Kershaw and Reds fans whining about this successful trickery (old as the game, you nitwits) Cincinnati is starting to seem like The Big Playpen.

mjhellund
mjhellund

Second time the Dodgers have pulled that this season. You would think other teams might be aware of it.

Comparing tricking a runner to hitting a batter with a fastball is bone stupid. Umps should eject the pitcher immediately if it happens and warn both sides. 

Reds fans: Stop whining. Coors light with Clamato, Great Godawmighty, what sort of wussie would drink that. And, why water down the juice that way? What did it ever do to you? Make your baserunner look like a fool?

Lucky711
Lucky711

Reds fans whining about whining.  Alert the media!

Coorslightwithclamato
Coorslightwithclamato

Don't worry Dodgers, I'm sure Ramerez or Shumaker will take a heater in the back and then you can start whining about "unwritten rules" again.

dhpaulwooton
dhpaulwooton

Coming from a Reds fan but all I can say is look who still won the game....

NoThanksESPNFacebook
NoThanksESPNFacebook

Between that and the stupid throw he made earlier in the game, it had me wondering if he got back in the bottle before the game.