Video: Adrian Beltre tries to deke an ump with a “catch” near the seats


They say that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Which is to say that Adrian Beltre had absolutely nothing to lose by pretending that he actually caught the foul ball he snagged after it bounced into the seats and back out again in the Rangers game against the Mariners last night.

My favorite part of it was the reaction of the women in the front row behind him. It’s entirely possible they didn’t see the ball bounce and were genuinely cheering a good play by Beltre. But I really want to believe that they knew he was trying to deke the third base umpire and were being supporting actors in the drama.

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O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.