Ain’t no way I’m killing Mike Baxter after his OF error cost us the game.
In case you missed it: bottom 8, score tied and the Pirate leadoff hitter lifts a flyball to left/centerfield. As Baxter floats to his left Kirk Nieuwenhuis also glides over and is about to make the catch until he was seemingly distracted by Baxter’s presence causing the ball to clunk off his mitt for a triple.
Baxter is taking a lot of heat on this but I refuse to be mad at the kid from Queens who has been kicking ass since he’s been here.
Should Baxter have been trying to catch the ball? No the CF always takes control and should make the catch if he can get there.
Should Baxter have heard Kirk calling him off and cleared the way? Yes. He should know the situation and be listening for the CF’s voice calling him off.
Did he make a mistake? Yes but he’s one of 2 very young players involved in the play. They’re both taking on much larger roles than anyone expected in the Major Leagues so this kind of stuff is gonna happen.
Chalk it up to growing pains. It’s gonna happen but these guys won’t male that mistake again.
Hey it sucks but BOTH of those guys are so great to root for I simply can’t be mad at them for that mistake.