Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki thought fast to avoid being tagged in last night’s game against the Orioles. After reaching on an errant throw by Jonathan Schoop, Tulowitzki made a wide turn at first base before realizing that he wouldn’t be able to make it to second. Matt Wieters alertly picked up the ball and tried to make the tag, but Tulowitzki just hopped right over him and landed right on first base. Check it out:
Pretty clever. The best part is Tulowitzki calmly stood there afterwards like it was no big thing. Just your run-of-the-mill baseball stuff.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.