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Adam Kennedy's base-running gaffe

I was unable to watch the Nationals' 1-0 loss to the Marlins on Sunday, but I was following it electronically. The top of the ninth inning seemed to frustrate some fans, as a one-out single with a man on first led to a two-outs, man-on-first situation after Adam Kennedy fell down between second and third and was then tagged out.

I wanted to know what it looked like, so I finally watched online. If I'm using my best powers of description, it essentially looked like a man falling down. Alternatively, imagine a man doing basketball line sprints on ice. Kilgore described it thus:

Adam Kennedy, who had singled with one out, bolted around second base, trying to put himself in position to score on a sacrifice fly. He realized he wouldn't make it and stopped quickly. When he slammed on the brakes, his leg buckled and his knee hit the dirt.

"I just got out there too far," Kennedy said. "I made it into a pretty bad play."

The Florida announcing team agreed.

"And for the second time in this series, a veteran player, Adam Kennedy, has made a huge mistake on the bases," said the play-by-play man, who I believe was Rich Waltz.

"A line drive bullet to the right fielder, you know as a runner at first base there's no chance you're gonna go to third base, no reason to be aggressive going around second base right there," analyst Jeff Conine said. "Even though he slipped, he shouldn't have been that aggressive....I think the argument there was more out of embarrassment than it was knowing that you got your hand in there."

But in case you're curious what it looked like....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 19, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
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OBTW Dan, O-Dog is batting .283 and playing flawless 2nd base (3 errors so far) for the original Washington Senators aka Minnesota Twins. Back in Feb Orlando Hudson was considered to pricey for the Nats "brain trust" so they decided to latch on to a cheaper version AKA Adam Kennedy. Hmmm, sometimes what you buy on sale might not be as good as what is available at full price.

Adam Kennedy on any other team with the exception of the Nats, Pirates, Royals, A's
(get the idea) would be DFA'd before he got back to the clubhouse after that base running debacle. But...., hey this is NatsTown, "gives us your cheap, washed up or AAAA players"!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | July 19, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

we have a player who can hit and play great D...Alberto Gonzalez needs to play more...he had a four hit game a few weeks back for crying out loud!!!

Posted by: BurgwithaU | July 19, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Penciling AK into the lineup is about the same as waving the white flag. Guy has committed a ton of errors, hasn't hit and then there is this.

If they need to rest Guzman or Desmond, play Gonzalez. I guess they're hoping for a contender to trade for him - but they are better off benching him and relying on his "body of work" instead.

Posted by: tha_prophet | July 19, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Man Crush Mode Riggleman, full speed to 100 losses and the #1 pick of #1's 3 years running! Yeah Baby!

Posted by: periculum | July 19, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"AAAA" players? Is there a minor league above triple-A that I know nothing about?

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | July 19, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Sloppy base running and sloppy defense--sounds like a coaching problem. It's not just Kennedy--seems like there are gaffs all over the place. I can't remember seeing this many pickoffs, players falling down, bad throws, mental errors.

Posted by: newbridge | July 19, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

@Tippy - you sure that's not revisionist? I seem to recall the Nats going after Hudson and being turned down.

Posted by: Sandmeistr | July 19, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

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