8 reminders of what happens when an MLB team is caught sleeping
Baseball is a game that demands attention. Players on the field must remain alert at all times, lest a ball come flying their way out of nowhere or a runner take off suddenly for second base. It takes constant vigilance to excel.
Because if you stop paying attention even for a second, you can get into trouble. Here are eight moments where Major Leaguers were caught sleeping:
Hamilton is so fast, blinking constitutes sleeping when he's on the bases. Just look how casually he took third base on a throw back to the pitcher:
The year is 2015. Murphy has yet to totally catch fire in the postseason and become the Daniel Murphy who led the National League in OPS in 2016. Instead, he uses a secret weapon: Taking off for third base when teams least expect it.
In May, he did it against the Cubs, when an unsuspecting
And in the NLDS against the Dodgers, Murphy went from first to third on a walk, taking advantage of a distracted
That came in the second game of his record-breaking six-game homer streak, and it's safe to say the collective baseball world stopped sleeping on Murphy right about then.
Davis has stolen more than 30 bases in a season four times since 2012, thanks to his knack for taking advantage of lackadaisical opposition like this:
Stealing home, one of the coolest things a player can do on a baseball diamond, is made infinitely easier when the catcher lobs a sky-high toss back to the pitcher on the mound.
And so does Omar Vizquel
On the other hand, sometimes all you need to steal home is to catch a left-hander in the stretch, like a 41-year-old Vizquel:
The legend of Dae-Sung Koo
The legend of the former Mets reliever is known far and wide. But while his unlikely double off of Randy Johnson gets all the attention, Koo went from second to home on
Don't take a break with
Though the rule has now changed, an intentional walk used to be an opportunity for the defense to take a momentary break -- maybe even zone out for a second. Well, except when Cabrera was at-bat:
And, on occasion, baseball players can literally be caught sleeping:
Hey, it's a long season.