Through various methods, baseball players are constantly looking to get an edge over their opponent. Whether it’s through old, time-tested tricks from yesteryear or via new, innovative ways to help the team win, there is a plethora of things players can do to get an edge.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Alex Guerrero is no different.
Guerrero, who has mostly impressed with his bat in his first year with the Dodgers, isn’t known for his elite defensive skills. The perception when he came to the Dodgers was that his glove skills were well behind his skills as a hitter.
Perhaps that’s a reason why the 28-year-old tried to create the illusion of having a great glove, at least enough to convince the umpires at Wednesday night’s game between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants he’d made a great diving catch to rob Brandon Crawford of an RBI single to left field:
Guerrero snagged the line-drive shortly after it hit the ground and tried to sell it as a catch to end the inning. The problem for Guerrero was that no one believed him after he raised his glove hand to show the umpire the ball–not Vin Scully in the broadcast booth, not Crawford, not AT&T Park, not even the rest of his Dodgers teammates.
It was a noble effort from Guerrero (at least from a Dodger perspective), but his acting skills need some polishing.
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