Awful Alex Rios is Awful in So Many Ways

I live-blogged Wednesday night’s thrashing of the Chicago White Sox by the New York Yankees for Canadian sports broadcasting titan The Score. It was good times: I discovered, and documented, Eric Chavez’s Comeback ‘Stache, and was reminded what an absolute bloody nightmare it is to watch Alex Rios play baseball.

In the third inning, the White Sox already down 10-1, Mark Teixeira sent a line-drive into center field. Rios, in oblivious, Rios-like, head case fashion, charged the ball. It went right by him, of course. (This is after Rios misplayed a Curtis Granderson fly ball in the first inning, too, letting it drop in front of him.) The photograph above is of Rios racing  all the way to the wall to retrieve the baseball he so badly misplayed. Not in a dead sprint, with his head down, oh no, but leisurely, Rios even looking back to see if Teixeira was trying to gallop all the way home for an inside the park job.

Teixeira didn’t, and ended up at third base. Somehow, Rios wasn’t charged with an error on the play. The box score’s play-by-play reads:

M. Teixeira tripled to shallow center, B. Gardner and D. Jeter scored.

Yeah, no. That was an error if I’d ever seen one. Even in a 10-1 game. Nobody “triples” to shallow center field. Frankly, I was surprised that Ozzie Guillen didn’t a) immediately pull Rios from the game, and b) drag Rios by the ear from center field to first base, and beat him with Adam Dunn. Ozzie needed a drink last night. In the worst way. Poor Ozzie.

Things Alex Rios is Thinking

Anyway: Rios. One of the South Side’s favorite suns. Our intrepid NotGraphs Investigative Reporting Investigation Team has confirmed, through telepathy I assume, the thoughts that were racing through Rios’ head, a lot faster than he was physically racing, as he “ran” down Teixeira’s “triple.”

1. Do I have to? I have to, don’t I?

2. Who gives a fuck?! (Editor’s note: He was actually singing  this.)

3. At least I’m hitting .200.

4. On the other hand, if Teixeira hits an inside the park home run, I’ll probably make the highlights.

5. They think Dunn hates baseball.

If you’re looking for more Rios bashing, the Chicago Tribune’s Steve Rosenbloom has you covered, with his aptly titled piece, “Bring me the head of Alex Rios.

Image credit: Reuters, via daylife.




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Navin Vaswani is a replacement-level writer. Follow him on Twitter.


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  1. I was at last night’s game, and that was the play when I knew that the White Sox were just going to get totally pounded. Even when it was 7-1, I knew that the Sox could smack around Burnett a bit. But that Rios error… ugh. They really need to bench him and play De Aza there regularly, although I know that yesterday was just a day off for Konerko.

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  2. Yirmiyahu says:

    Rios is only owed $38M over the next three seasons. Maybe if they put him on waivers, the Angels would claim him.

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  3. Daniel says:

    Funny, as a Jays fan this kid had so much potential (and played so well for a time) when he first came up. Thought after what he did last season in Chicago he had finally turned the corner again after a couple poor years. I guess not.

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  4. SC2GG says:

    In the Continuing Saga of Alex Rios, who was essentially traded for literally nothing and the nothing wins, we have a new point of reference for a low mark of his already esteemed career.

    Perhaps if someone is really stupid, he can become the first player to be waived and picked up by multiple teams over the course of a single contract? That might have happened already, but not to anyone making this much.

    It’s funny what happens when everyone else around you tries to make you out to be better than you make yourself out to be.

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  5. Melkman says:

    I feel like official scorers have been doing everything in their power to keep outfielders from recording errors. Not sure if anyone saw sea vs nyy a few weeks back, mike carp hit a fly ball to center that granderson either lost in the sun or misjudged, he got all turned around and it hit off his glove and fell in for a triple. He wasn’t diving or jumping just missed it. Anyway, Rios definitely made an ugly shoulda been error on that play. what a disaster.

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    • Yirmiyahu says:

      It’s been going on since the beginning of time. Leaguewide fielding% has been steadily increasing since the stat was invented. It’s like grade inflation.

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  6. lexomatic says:

    I think the problem is that he’s a big, athletic guy, and things always looked effortless. He used to get abused for not trying, I bet he said “If I’m gonna get it from the fans for not trying even when I am.. .why bother?” He never knew (and still doesn’t know) how to handle adversity, so instead of working hard he gets all self-righteous and withdrawn.
    Until he gets his head fixed he will be a perpetual change of scenery guy after 1-2 seasons. I think he’s a lot closer to being someone else’s major-league minimum (while Chicago pays his bills) flyer for a few years until he gives up.

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  7. Stephen T says:

    The 2011 White Sox are full of headcases and he is one of them.The Sox hired a new Sports Psychologist this year and was using that as a reason why they wouldn’t have the poor start to the year that they have had recently.

    Rios is obviously so full of anxiety and self-doubt. You can see it every time he steps up to the plate, especially at home. Hopefully an offseason helps him out, but I am not sure.

    I think Dunn is going to be fine next year, Alex Rios not so much.

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