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Counting Fail: Orioles Center Fielder Adam Jones Loses Track of Outs, Allows Runner to Walk Home (Video)
Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is hardly the first Major League Baseball player to lose track of how many outs there are. If losing track of the outs was not a common problem in baseball, you wouldn’t see guys constantly reminding each other how many outs there are by holding up the appropriate number of fingers after making a play.
That said, Adam Jones is the latest Major League Baseball player to lose track of the outs. And his gaffe during yesterday’s 10-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics was particularly embarrassing.
The lapse occurred in the bottom of the third inning. Oakland was up 2-0 and had runners on first and third with one out when Josh Donaldson lined out to center field. Given the low trajectory of the ball, an alert play by Jones might have prevented the runner on third from scoring. However, Jones thought it was the third out, so he just kept the ball in his glove and started running toward the dugout.
By the time he realized there were only two outs, it was too late. A slightly confused Yoenis Cespedes had already taken a leisurely stroll from third to home.
Take a look:
Of course, this is where I was going to say something like, “Hey, don’t beat yourself up, Adam Jones. It happens to the best of them.” But then I realized that would be a lie. I doubt anything like this ever happened to Willie Mays.
So sorry, bruh. It happens to…some of them?
Hat Tip – [Cut4]