Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki hit an inside-the-park home run last night against the Padres, except here’s the thing: It wasn’t.
The ball actually cleared the fence just past the out-stretched glove of left fielder Seth Smith for what should have been a regular, old fashioned home run, but the umpire incorrectly believed that the ball had not cleared the wall. So no home run call was made, but Smith didn’t bother chasing after the ball because he thought it was a home run. And then Suzuki just kept running.
Here’s the MLB.com video:
No instant replay required because it would have been a home run either way, and this way we at least got to see Suzuki’s huge smile and hear Minnesota announcer Bert Blyleven’s laughter.
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The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.