MLB player avoids tag with unbelievable slide
Baserunning is a baseball technique that is frequently neglected despite its importance.
However, Detroit Tigers outfielder Matt Vierling captured the attention of Major League Baseball with a spectacular dive, evading a tag on a play where it appeared he would be out.
In the top of the ninth inning, with the Tigers leading 7-2 over the Texas Rangers, Vierling took the mound.
Already with two hits in the contest, he added a third with a line drive into left field.
Ezequiel Durán, the Rangers' left fielder, reached the ball swiftly.
The prudent course of action for Vierling would have been to take his single. Instead, he chose to challenge Duran's arm and attempt to steal second base.
Craig Monroe, a former MLB outfielder and current Tigers broadcast analyst, described Vierling's tumble in exquisite detail during the call of the close-up replay.
Monroe stated, "That was an excellent athletic maneuver." "He was immediately considering two. This is not a conventional double. He scored twice with his hustle and this slide.