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Astros’ Evan Gattis Thinks Inning Is Over, Walks Into Triple Play

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The season’s first triple play is officially in the books, and it was a strange one to say the least, occurring on Thursday between the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.

In the top of the fourth inning, Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis stepped up with men on first and second against Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales.

What looked like a routine 5-4 double play turned into a 5-4-3 triple play, all because Gattis assumed the inning was over.

No excuse here if you’re Gattis, or anyone else who mistakes the number of outs whether they’re hitting or fielding. Baseball players (any type of athletes, really) are taught from an early age to have their “head in the game”, and Gattis very clearly didn’t have his head in the game.

Just a mental gaffe. We’ve all made them. It’s just a little more embarrassing if you’re a professional athlete. All good though for Gattis, he’ll learn from it, and make sure it doesn’t happen again. He’ll laugh about it later, all while wearing that World Series ring of his.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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