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    Rarest baseball plays that have happened?

    I'm talking rarest of the rare, some things I've never seen of or heard happen. Some things I've NEVER seen happen:

    - A runner ever actually PASS another runner. They always talk about this could happen if runners aren't alert on a long ball that could be caught, but I've never seen it happen.

    - 5 strikeouts in one inning, which would take striking the regular 3 batters out, but having 2 passed balls on a strikeout that allows the batter to reach first.

    - The infamous movie cliched meeting at the mound where the pitcher sneaks the first baseman the ball, while the pitcher pretends to have it. Then the 1B tags out the runner at first when he leads off.

    - Unorthodox fielding positions. I don't know if this is technically legal, but pulling in an outfielder to the infield, or putting 4 guys in the outfield. This stuff seemed to be done sometimes back in little league, I don't think I've ever seen it done in the major leagues though, but then again it may be illegal.

    - A runner returning to a previous base, for WHATEVER reason. As in, a guy goes to second on a play, but then for whatever reason returns to first unintentionally (I don't know if someone would INTENTIONALLY)

    - A bunted double, not an error to 2B, an actual bunt that is scored as a double or more. That has to be impossible.

    Here is a list of rare events:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...aseball_events

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    Re: Rarest baseball plays that have happened?

    Quote Originally Posted by GOREDSGO32 View Post
    I'm talking rarest of the rare, some things I've never seen of or heard happen. Some things I've NEVER seen happen:

    - A runner ever actually PASS another runner. They always talk about this could happen if runners aren't alert on a long ball that could be caught, but I've never seen it happen.

    - 5 strikeouts in one inning, which would take striking the regular 3 batters out, but having 2 passed balls on a strikeout that allows the batter to reach first.

    - The infamous movie cliched meeting at the mound where the pitcher sneaks the first baseman the ball, while the pitcher pretends to have it. Then the 1B tags out the runner at first when he leads off.

    - Unorthodox fielding positions. I don't know if this is technically legal, but pulling in an outfielder to the infield, or putting 4 guys in the outfield. This stuff seemed to be done sometimes back in little league, I don't think I've ever seen it done in the major leagues though, but then again it may be illegal.

    - A runner returning to a previous base, for WHATEVER reason. As in, a guy goes to second on a play, but then for whatever reason returns to first unintentionally (I don't know if someone would INTENTIONALLY)

    - A bunted double, not an error to 2B, an actual bunt that is scored as a double or more. That has to be impossible.

    Here is a list of rare events:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...aseball_events
    I actually saw the runner passing the baserunner in Baltimore this season, O's vs. the Angels. I can't remember who, but runner on first, batter hits a ball deep. The outfielder jumps to attempt a catch but it just goes over the wall. Thinking the ball had been caught, the baserunner starts to retreat to first when suddenly the hitter passes, being called out. The baserunner, of course, scored on the home run play.

    I was all set to say I thought there had been five strikeouts in one inning, but apparently not. See http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats19.shtml for a list of all the pitchers who've done this. The writer somehow lays the blame on the pitcher (and it would be true on a wild pitch), but often, I think the catcher is at fault.

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    Re: Rarest baseball plays that have happened?

    I believe Furcal had a bunt triple against the Reds a few years ago. (Ball was bunted so hard it went over the 3B's head and rolled nearly to the outfield wall.)

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    There have been times where a team has pulled an outfielder in and made him a 5th infielder. It happens more often than you think. But it is still rare to see.
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    I saw Carlton Fisk's very unusual double play against the Yankees, where he tagged out two consecutive baserunners.
    I always thought John Paciorek's cup of coffee is one of the more amazing stats of the game. From my understanding, he suffered a rather sever injury the next spring, which ended his career.
    But, oh, what a game.
    I seem to remember seeing the hidden ball trick played once a long time ago - for some reason, I am thinking Leon Durham was involved, but it could be my memory playing tricks on me.

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    Re: Rarest baseball plays that have happened?

    - A runner returning to a previous base, for WHATEVER reason. As in, a guy goes to second on a play, but then for whatever reason returns to first unintentionally (I don't know if someone would INTENTIONALLY)
    Reminds me a play that happened when I was in High School... I was at shortstop and a guy (their shortstop who I was acquainted with) was on 1st base. He took off on a steal attempt... the catcher could not dig out a pitch that was in the dirt and the ball went to the backstop. I was trying to be nice and keep the guy from sliding and possibly getting hurt, so I told him to hold up and put my hands up to let him know to ease up. He thought I meant it was a foulball... stopped about 5 feet from 2nd base, turned around and started walking back to 1st base. Our catcher saw this happening after he ran to the backstop and picked up the ball. He threw it to our 1st-baseman and the runner was tagged out as he was still walking back to 1st base. He more or less walked right into the tag!

    The next inning I has to leadoff and hit a double which of course put me by him b/c he was their shortstop! He kind of laugehd about it and told me that I sure pulled a quick one over on him. I immediately told him that my intentions were good and not at all devious. He said, "Why didn't you stop me from going back then?" I told him that I was so confused at why was turning around that I wasn't sure what he was thinking until the play was over and he was heading to his dugout in shame. We both laughed about it and there were no hard feelings.
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    Re: Rarest baseball plays that have happened?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrCinatit View Post
    I saw Carlton Fisk's very unusual double play against the Yankees, where he tagged out two consecutive baserunners.
    That just happened in the post season this year. Paul Lo Duca tagged out Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew in succession at the plate in game one of the Mets Dodgers series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOREDSGO32 View Post
    The infamous movie cliched meeting at the mound where the pitcher sneaks the first baseman the ball, while the pitcher pretends to have it. Then the 1B tags out the runner at first when he leads off.
    Mike Lowell did this on third base last year. I've seen it done several other times.

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    Re: Rarest baseball plays that have happened?

    I've seen 5 guys in the infield before, though I don't remember the teams or game. The 2B played directly behind the bag, and essentially another SS was put in between 2B and 1B.

    I believe Rolando Roomes had a bunt double once for the Reds.

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    I have heard about a guy who scored from 2nd on a sac fly a few years ago. I can't seem to remember his name though. Does anyone recall it?

    That seems pretty impossible. He was rightly regarded as the fastest man in baseball.

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    Anytime David Ortiz comes to the plate vs the Devil Rays, they play their 2B in short RCF. Technically, I'd consider him an OF. He's all the way on the outfield grass.
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    Re: Rarest baseball plays that have happened?

    Eric Davis created a play on the run where the centerfielder covered second base.

    How about the legendary quadruple play?

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    Re: Rarest baseball plays that have happened?

    Quote Originally Posted by GOREDSGO32 View Post
    - The infamous movie cliched meeting at the mound where the pitcher sneaks the first baseman the ball, while the pitcher pretends to have it. Then the 1B tags out the runner at first when he leads off.
    I think something similar to that happened at 3rd base last year.

    I wish I could remember details... stupid memory...

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    Re: Rarest baseball plays that have happened?

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Leader View Post
    Anytime David Ortiz comes to the plate vs the Devil Rays, they play their 2B in short RCF. Technically, I'd consider him an OF. He's all the way on the outfield grass.
    I saw someone literally put 4 OF'ers out there when Ortiz came up once, late in the game. Their 3B went to left center. It looked like softball OF's.

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    Re: Rarest baseball plays that have happened?

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Leader View Post
    Anytime David Ortiz comes to the plate vs the Devil Rays, they play their 2B in short RCF. Technically, I'd consider him an OF. He's all the way on the outfield grass.
    Actually, they sometimes move their 3rd baseman all the way into LF, too, while still playing the 2nd baseman way back in RF compared to most teams, probably too far back to actually throw him out, so it is like playing 5 outfielders. Maddon is very creative with his shifts, it's actually entertaining, but he's just asking for that bunt double one of these days, too.

    And while we're on the Rays, it was Carl Crawford who scored from 2nd on a sac fly to CF, but it was off Johnny Damon playing with an injured shoulder. He can't throw anyway, but, at the time, he literally couldn't.

    And I've seen the 5 infielders, too. That '04 Red Sox-Yankees extra innings game, where Jeter made that catch and dove into the stands while Nomar sat there sulking? There was a point in that game where the Red Sox kept moving Dave McCarty from the OF to the IF and back, and it seemed like it kept taking forever to get him the right glove.
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