And now for the best pickoff move you’ll see this year


And when I say “best,” I don’t mean “most effective” because the pitcher here didn’t even get the runner. I mean “the pickoff move with the most style.”

I mean, Clayton Kershaw or Nate Eovaldi may be better at actually getting guys, but they’ll never be as smooth as Blake Fox of Rice University. Who pulled this number off in a game against University of Louisiana Lafayette yesterday:

So nonchalant. I imagine if a big leaguer did this we’d be having arguments about whether he’s respecting the game and there’d be no shortage of people talking about the unwritten rules of pickoffs, but Fox isn’t a big leaguer so who cares?

And who would care even if he was? Un-fun people, that’s who.

Video: Pete Alonso hits home run no. 50

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Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.

It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.

Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.