The Athletics’ ball boy, patrolling the left field line at the O.co Coliseum, made what was arguably the play of the day on Saturday when the A’s hosted the Rays. In the top of the second inning, the Athletics had runners on first and second with one out for Marcus Semien. Semien drilled a 2-0 Erasmo Ramirez fastball down the left field line. The ball boy, with a running start, dove for the ball as it dared to skip towards the Athletics’ relievers in front of the stands and successfully snagged the ball.
He got a round of applause from the fans in Oakland and gave the ball away, but the best part was how casually he got dap from the relievers. Act like you’ve been there before, they say.
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The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to a multi-year deal. That’s the report from C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jon Morosi of MLB.com was the first to report the Reds as frontrunners. The deal is pending a physical. UPDATE: The deal is four years. Financial terms have yet to be reported.
With Castellanos in the fold the Reds are going to have a lot of outfielders when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton already on the roster. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps taking over short from Freddy Galvis, who could be dealt. Alternatively, the Reds could trade from their newfound outfield surplus.
Castellanos, however, will have left field to himself. While he’s shaky at best with the glove, he had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power.
Now that he’ll be playing in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.