I’d Be Embarrassed if I Were Javier Baez
It’s not even his fault either. It’s just that the TBS broadcasters don’t know anything about him other than the guy can effectively tag a base runner at second base. It’s frustrating to listen to these two clowns talk about him as a baseball player. You want to be known for your prodigious power, your overpowering fastball, your lighting speed on the base paths. These are the buzzwords you want attached to your player profile, not that you can catch a ball in your glove and put said glove, with the ball staying inside, on the person running at you. It is one of the most routine things in all of baseball. You can argue that he’s had a couple of “highlight” (I’ll get back to this later) plays at second base. Here are a couple examples:
What do you see? Do you see a player making a “highlight” play in any of these videos? I don’t and that’s why there are quotes around the word highlight. These are average, routine plays that any professional second baseman should make. There is nothing special in those clips. Nothing genuinely unique that sets them apart. Nothing that would make you jump out of your chair and yell,”DUH-NUH-NUH NUH-NUH-NUH.” And this is where my gripe with Javier Baez truly lies. The guy is so completely average as a professional baseball player that he is given this label as an “extraordinary” tagger of men because he doesn’t have a standard skill that is above average. He doesn’t have this amazing ability that sets him apart from other second baseman. Honestly, all he has is a little flair for the dramatic. He can make an unassuming routine play look like it was the hardest thing in the world.
Types of plays in other sports that would equate to being a “great” tagger in baseball:
- Ability to inbound the basketball
- Ability to make a 6 inch putt in golf
- Ability to hand the football to the running back as a quarterback
- Literally any other routine play in every other sport that I’ve missed