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How Can This Be Even Considered A Dirty Or Needless Play?

Here’s another question: When will the Los Angeles Angels present TV broadcast that’s worth a damn?

Certainly anyone is an upgrade from Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler, and while Mark Gubicza has been a solid analyst, I’m not very fond of Victor Rojas. Rojas, who was a hurried replacement for the late Rory Markas, has been way too much of a homer in a region that doesn’t appreciate very biased broadcasting and has shown some poor baseball knowledge for a son of a former major leaguer.

That was no more evident than last night, when Rojas said this slide from Casey McGehee should have never happened.

I’m not exactly sure what Rojas wanted to see there. McGehee headed into his slide less than one step before Erick Aybar began to be pulled off the bag due to the bad throw from first. As was heard in the clip, Rojas expected McGehee to see Aybar halt his slide. How does he expect that to happen??? It’s Casey McGehee running at full speed. He’s not exactly known for his fluid body movement and quickness. But that’s beside the point. Once a player commits to a slide at that speed, it’s impossible to move your body off course.

Just look at the play start to finish: You’ve got a runner trying to break up a double play. And it’s a big runner, mind you. McGehee is listed at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, but that’s laughable. He’s more around 220-plus. He stays upright for as long to possible to force the shortstop to throw over him. His slide was straight into the bag and perfectly legal. Yet, Rojas has the gall to say that McGehee should use “common sense” when sliding into second. That is an embarrassing statement.

It’s a hard slide, but it only looks worse because McGehee plowed right through Aybar’s leg. Middle infielders are mostly able to avoid injury in such a case by jumping over the incoming runner. Unfortunately, Aybar couldn’t do that because Kevin Frandsen’s wide throw forced him to keep his left leg stretched out. So blame Frandsen there needs to be blame here. But McGehee deserves absolutely no blame for doing what he’s supposed to do.

Of course, you could also label what Rojas said as nothing more than mere frustration. The Angels, who were getting crushed at the time of the slide, have already seen a fair share of freak injuries, from Jeff Mathis to Kendry Morales. Their bullpen has been an extreme disappointment. Their third baseman of the future can’t even cut it at Triple-A. And now this.

Luckily, it sounds like Aybar has escaped a season-altering injury, but the result shouldn’t change McGehee’s style of breaking up double plays. He displayed some clean, hard-nosed baseball Monday night. It’s a shame that Rojas couldn’t do his job and recognize it.

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