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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.

Matt Davidson to train to be a two-way player this offseason

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Look out Shohei Ohtani, someone is stealing your bit.

White Sox corner guy/DH Matt Davidson pitched three innings in three appearances in 2018. He was pretty good too, blanking the opposition, facing 11 batters, allowing one hit and striking out two. That’s not too bad for a 27-year-old guy who hasn’t pitched since high school. In fact, it’s good enough that, according to 670 The Score, the White Sox have given him the OK to do some serious pitching work this offseason in an attempt to become a two-way player next year.

There’s nothing certain about it — the Sox will see where he’s at after he puts some work in and decide whether or not to let him continue — but it’s notable that they’re entertaining the idea. And says a lot about just how much teams have come to value bullpen arms.

On offense Davidson hit .228/.319/.419 with 20 homers and 62 RBI on the year. That’s not exactly setting the world on fire for a guy with little defensive value, but marry it up with the skills to pitch an inning or two of relief here and there and maybe you got something.