Watch Victor Martinez get thrown out at home plate on a strike from Jeff Francoeur in last night’s game at bone-chilling Comerica Park. Notice anything pecuilar, other than the participants wearning enough thermal attire for a climb up Mount Everest?
Yup, Martinez chooses neither to slide nor take out the opposing catcher. He avoids home plate altogether and instead makes a beeline for the dugout.
Dayn Perry of CBS Sports’ Eye on Baseball doesn’t blame the slugger for the detour; au contraire, he questions the third-base coach’s decision to give the go sign:
The problem here was three-fold:
Fortunately for the Tigers, the out at the plate was not all that costly; Detroit defeated Kansas City, 7–5.