Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 22, 2020 -- "One Great Baseball Play"

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"As with the Simmons play, it showed off so many aspects of playing shortstop. Swanson had to realize the bag was open and that Harrison was a threat to take it. He initially ran across the infield forward, then needed to switch it up and run sideways, signaling Freeman to make the throw. In the MLB.com highlights, this is tagged as “Freddie Freeman turns sweet DP,” and that’s earned. Freeman threw an out route that hit Swanson in stride and set up the spin tag that capped the play. The play, though, was made by Swanson, seeing the open base, getting to it, and slapping a game-saving tag on Harrison."