The Dark Side of the Fuld?

Despite the fact that he enters play Saturday with a line of just .245/.303/.372 (.277 BABIP), it’s entirely likely that — owing to a combination of defense, park adjustment, etc. — it’s entirely likely that Sam Fuld is an average major leaguer. Add to this some notable biographical details — that he went to Stanford, for example, or that he has diabetes and worked for STATS, Inc. and went to Phillips Exeter and is Jewish — and one finds in Sam Fuld the makings of a Nerd Among Men.

Fuld himself problematized that narrative on Friday night, however. In the top of the fifth inning, with Fuld on first, Fuld’s teammate Sean Rodriguez grounded to Royals second baseman Chris Getz. Attempting to start the double play, Getz flipped to shortstop Alcides Escobar, who’d moved over to second to take the throw. What happened after that is what you see in the expertly embedded GIF at the top of this post.

Though Escobar played out the duration of the inning, he left the game after that. Kansas City starter Luke Hochevar hit Fuld with a 2-1 fastball in the latter’s next plate appearance.

Asked whether he felt the play was dirty, Fuld replied as follows:

“No, I didn’t. I took a normal slide. I just think it was late. It was kind of a slow hit ball. I didn’t commit to sliding until late. I went in and wasn’t trying to go in high or anything. It was a normal slide to me and it just got him good,” Fuld said. “I figured they weren’t going to be too happy about it because he’s their everyday shortstop. But I know my mental approach was just take a normal slide. I didn’t commit to second until the last second.”

Fuld’s comments seem entirely reasonable. They also seem precisely like what one’d say if he had purposely spiked the other team’s shortstop.

Clearly, the only way to apprehend the truth in this matter is by appealing to the teeming masses — which, voila:




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bsally
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bsally

Nothing wrong with it, he’s on the bag. Unless they were absolutely killing the Royals that’s a perfectly clean play.

Nelly
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Nelly

That’s a dirty play. You know well before you get to the bag whether you’re going to slide, not slide, or take a chunk out of the shortstops leg with your spikes up and leg straight. Yeah, breaking up the double play is part of the game, but you see other players do it with a bent lead leg and spikes down.

MikeS
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MikeS

This. I played second base (badly) in high school and I have the scars on my ankles to prove it. We only get one angle here but his spikes are going straight at Escabar’s ankle with his foot flat to deliver as much energy as possible. He doesn’t contact the bag until his foot is already past it. All he has to do to greatly reduce the risk of injury si point his toe or bend his leg. It won’t make him any less efficient at breaking up the double play.

Escobar will remember this and next time the relay throw will come out around head level or when Fuld dives back to second on a pickoff his hand might accidentally get stepped on.

Anthony
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Anthony

There is a right way to slide to break up a DP and there’s a wrong way……..Fuld chose the latter.

He should be stripped of his cape.

jeff
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jeff

If the play that took out Buster Posey wasn’t dirty then this one certainly wasn’t.

BK
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BK

“Mr. Fuld, on the subject of your slide to take out Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, we have polled the people of a well-regarded sabermetrics website, and we have collectively reached the conclusion that polls are a cheap way to drive traffic by giving readers a false sense of being heard.”

TheBigDawg
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TheBigDawg

If Sam Fuld had wanted to hurt Escobar, he would have merely needed to gaze at him with his X-Ray vision.

DD
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DD

or show the SS Escobar’s batting line for the year.

atoms
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atoms

he may find himself yunelled — drilled in the torso/head by an uppercut disguised as a throw — next time he slides into second against the other escobar.

E3P0
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E3P0

You mean his heat vision. His xray vision would have done nothing but reveal whether there was already a fracture

adohaj
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adohaj

It was a dirty slide but that doesn’t make it wrong

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