Jul 3, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Tigers second baseman Omar Infante (4) reacts after being injured in the fourth inning as trainer Kevin Rand tends to him and third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) looks on against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Colby Rasmus Slide is Plunk Worthy

On the heels of the recent Rick Porcello suspension due to plunking Ben Zobrist, another baseball retribution situation reared its head on Wednesday night when the Tigers played the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays’ Colby Rasmus went into his slide really late at second base trying to break up a double play, and in the process nearly broke Omar Infante‘s leg. After watching replays, it was clear Rasmus started his slide way too late and essentially threw his full body weight into the general vicinity of Infante’s knee.

This is a clear no-no in baseball.

As some of you may know, I recently wrote an article at Freep.com, essentially urging the Tigers to focus on winning baseball games, and not worrying about retribution and unwritten baseball rules. Unwritten rules are a part of baseball, but in the Tigers most recent situation, I thought the Tigers might have been a bit oversensitive. Worse, they allowed the situation to affect their focus when winning is really the ultimate up yours gesture you can make towards another team.

What Colby Rasmus did Wednesday night, however, I cannot accept.

While I don’t think we can say that Colby Rasmus went into second base with the intention of hurting Omar Infante, the fact is he has played enough baseball to know better. He could have seriously injured Infante on that play,  a broken leg or torn ACL is something that could affect his career for a year.

I may not believe that retribution is always warranted, but I will say this, I won’t be surprised if Rasmus gets one in the ribs when he is batting tomorrow. And hopefully Toronto manager has him in the lineup to take his medicine. Colby Rasmus shouldn’t even be surprised.

I do urge the Tigers to do the plunking right. Send the message, but don’t come in near the head. If they come in up high, they aren’t any better than what they have been complaining about.

Justin Verlander…it’s up to you to enforce that rule that is unwritten, and make sure that Colby Rasmus understands what he did wasn’t right and the Tigers won’t continue to accept this stuff.

But after you do it,  move on and win the game.



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  • kalinecountry

    I don’t remember JV ever drilling a batter. Sure some hbp. but even in 2009 at fenway in the Porcello yousuckilis bean brawl, JV just stood at the top step viewing it all, and he pitched the next game and overpowered the redsox on 2 hits.
    I would like later in the game for Rondon to put one of his 101 mph fastballs in this crumbs ribs.
    Anyone with baseball intelligence knows that was a purposeful late slide beyond/behind the 2nd base bag. This Shathead has a history of doing this.
    The cheap play was reminiscent to me of the slide into second a few years ago by brett gardner into Carlos which caused the ensuing knee/leg problems for him with the microfracture surgery.
    Yeah……a Tigers pitcher ‘Has’ to drill this rasmus crumb.

  • chrisHannum

    Rasmus should have been drilled yesterday, it seems a little late now. And since punishment should fit the crime, it should have been in a place that risked serious injury.