Left fielder catches ball that bounces off of shortstop’s head

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Earlier this year we had a couple of instances in which outfielders got a glove on the ball but inadvertently deflected it over the fence for a home run. And, of course, we are all well aware of the famous home-run-off-the-head-of-Jose-Canseco play from back in the day.

In addition to being fun, such plays are instructive. They remind us that a player’s body is more like thin air than it is like the ground or the outfield wall inasmuch as, when the ball hits a fielder, the rules which apply to it are the same rules that apply to a ball that is flying through space. It can hit a guy, go over the fence and still be a homer. Likewise, it can hit someone and be caught by someone else and still be an out.

An example of that comes from Korea this morning:

*extremely Mel Allen voice*

How about that!

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.