Best Social Distancing Plays – Week 8

The good, the bad, and the downright strange (whilst staying safe).

As we remain socially distant from the game, let us celebrate those who did it best, followed the rules, and played “safe” baseball. Let’s also look at those who fell short.


Tag Avoidance Therapy


We have a cracker for the weekly “unbelievable missed tag” award! Today’s patient for “Tag Avoidance Therapy” is Colorado Rockies first baseman Josh Fuentes and the runner who (somehow) manages an act of socially distant “Matrixesque” contortionism to avoid the tag is veteran A’s infielder Tony Kemp. Or, as he is now known, “The Artful Dodger.”




During the circus-style rundown, 7-time Gold Glove winner Nolan Arenado manages to snag the runner trying to reach 3rd. He then thinks he has a double-play only for Kemp to high-jump Fuentes to score a run.




The look on Rockies manager Bud Black’s face is priceless (note the Homer Simpson disappearing gif act from a member of the Rockies dugout)




Why Wearing A Mask Is Important


The advice is clear—wear a mask and stop the spread to keep safe. Plate umpire Jeremy Rehak is still with us today because of the mask.




This 94 mph wild heater from Chad Kuhl strick the umpire dead center, there was no place to go. Masks save lives, simple.





The Worst Socially Distanced Fielding Of The Week


It would be criminal for me to not mention the antics of Eloy Jimenez during our section on the worst fielding of the week—after completely misjudging a line drive from Byron Buxton, which resulted in the ball flying over his head and to the bottom of the wall, the enigmatic White Sox superstar seems to act as if he cannot see the ball (which is in clear view) at the bottom of the wall. Meanwhile, the speedy Buxton flys around all the bases to score. Good socially distanced fielding at its worst!




It’s Raining…Popcorn!


Step aside, Fredbird! The Philly Phanatic took the best mascot crown this week for observing social distancing in the stadium. He graciously hung out with a New York Mets fan’s cutout before showing him what he really thinks.



The Future Of Socially Distanced Camerawork Is Here


We have to agree, here. This is wonderful.




Please Stay 1.5m Away From This Flyball


Carlos Martinez really needed help from his defense to get him out of a jam in the top of the 3rd inning against the Cincinnati Reds. Left fielder Austin Dean did not get the memo, remaining socially distant from this routine flyball.




Be sure to join me next week for more of the best socially distanced baseball from week 9.


Featured Image by Justin Paradis (@FreshMeatComm on Twitter)

Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for sportbc.blog, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

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