Bad throws are bad. But sometimes they’re SO bad that a good thing can happen.
Take this play, where if Blue Jays pitcher Matt Boyd had merely made a bad throw to second base, it likely would’ve gone into the outfield. It was SO bad, however, that Devon Travis, coming over to back up, was able to snag it and still record the out at second:
Phil Coke is now with his third organization this season, as Chris Iott of MLive.com reports that the veteran left-hander has signed a minor league contract with the Athletics. He has been assigned to High-A Stockton.
Coke just opted for free agency this week after being designated for assignment by the Blue Jays. The 32-year-old allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings over two appearances during his brief stint with Toronto. He had a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances with the Cubs earlier this season.
Iott hears that Coke’s minor league deal includes an opt-out on July 10 if he isn’t called up to the majors.
It stinks that Giancarlo Stanton is going to be out for a while with a broken bone in his hand, so let’s watch a neat play from Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to try to cheer ourselves up:
This is in a completely different category than the Josh Donaldson catch from the other day. In fact, it’s a lot closer to the Derek Jeter play, where the momentum took him into the stands. Still, the concentration needed to make this play and hang on to the ball while not seriously injuring himself was pretty impressive.