Posted August 03, 2013

Angels beyond the outfield: J.B. Shuck goes over the wall to rob Jose Bautista

JB Shuck, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

We’ve seen what Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos can do in the Angels’ outfield — just ask J.J. Hardy – but apparently robbing home runs is a skill for which techniques are imparted in a team manual, or so it would seem based on the work of leftfielder J.B. Shuck on Friday night.

In the fourth inning, Toronto’s Jose Bautista hit a fly to left that seemed destined to be a two-run homer until Shuck, who was waiting for the ball on the warning track, perfectly timed his leap to steal the ball from a fan and a dinger from Bautista as he crashed into the first row. (The fan didn’t seem to mind, given his aid in helping Shuck up off the ground and his hand-raising celebration.)

The advanced defensive metrics allege that Shuck, a 26-year-old who debuted for the Astros in 2011, is a below-average leftfielder, but he at least proved that he has a knack for the sensational.

shuck gif

GIF via Larry Brown Sports

11 comments
DumbDadNU87
DumbDadNU87

I think the argument could be made that he was out of the field of play when he caught the ball too

Macheen
Macheen

I agree with you "riley8". If the outfielder doesn't stay in the field of play then it shouldn't be an out. Same for foul balls.

riley8
riley8

I think this should be a home run.  The ball goes over the wall (and the OF does as well).  How do we know the ball doesn't hit the ground?

6marK6
6marK6

Lord knows that the Angels need something to celebrate. The worst bang for the buck in MLB history.

QuikMix
QuikMix

@riley8 

because the rule indicates that if the ball is caught in play and the player's momentum carries them out of play, it's still a catch.

riley8
riley8

@QuikMix @riley8 I I know the rule.  My question is how do you know he didnt drop the ball?

riley8
riley8

@QuikMix @riley8 We can agree on that.  I disagree on the rule.  The umpire is at least 20 feet away when the OF goes over the wall.  

QuikMix
QuikMix

@riley8 @QuikMix 

*shrug*

that said, these plays happen all the time and routinely, if they player pops up with the ball in the glove, the batter is almost always called out.

riley8
riley8

@QuikMix @riley8 We can't see the entire play.  How can he?  Can he see through the wall?