I woke up early yesterday morning to Twitter outrage about Ke’Bryan Hayes. I hadn’t seen the play, and my introduction to it was the SNY video. My introduction to that video was the Twitter outrage over that video.
If you missed it, here is the video breakdown:
— SNY (@SNYtv) September 17, 2022
I watched that video, then I watched the highlight of the play, which you can see here:
Nido stays hot! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/h5KBTskD3E
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 16, 2022
From there, I offered my thoughts on the entire play, looking at the possible contingencies and how they played out. You can see that Twitter thread below. I’ll note that this situation is largely why I avoid Twitter these days. It’s not a real place. It’s a website for quick thoughts on every subject, and often those quick thoughts yield more to emotion than logic. It takes seconds to fire off an emotional take. It took me about an hour to lay out my thoughts on what I saw from this play, though the 280-character restraint added to the time.
Check out the thread below if you want my initial reaction. Because I own this website for more drawn out takes — and because Anthony Murphy is off today — I’m going to give my detailed thoughts on this issue below.
The moment that ball is hit into RF, it means that Ke'Bryan Hayes would only be involved if the throw home goes wild and the batter tries for third. Suwinski was moving into position for that contingency.
I watched that play, and I noticed two things:
— Tim Williams (@TimWilliamsP2) September 17, 2022
Ke’Bryan Hayes Can Do Whatever He Wants on Defense
Honestly, I just want to end the article here.
Would everyone be fine with that?
Do I need to break down the numbers that show he has been the best defensive third baseman in the game since stepping foot into the big leagues?
I’m still going to break this down in First Pitch tomorrow. I’m also going to be looking at this issue from a larger team and media/fanbase perspective.
Until then, just remember that Hayes is the best defensive third baseman in the game — only challenged by Nolan Arenado, who has way more experience — and whatever methods he takes on the field ultimately lead to the overall results.
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