Video: viva high school baseball trick plays

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This one happened in Michigan a few days back. It was perpetrated by Beal City High School against Muskegon Catholic Central High School.

It’s the old “fake-a-pickoff-throw-to-second-base-while-everyone-acts-like-the-ball-went-into-the-outfield-thereby-inducing-the-runner-to-break-for-third-only-to-be-tagged-out-by-the-pitcher-who-never-really-threw-the-ball-in-the-first-place-while-listening-to-Radiohead’s-“No Surprises”-trick:

 

Which is the oldest trick in the book, really. I mean, “No Surprises” came out in 1997 and that’s practically a million years ago.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.