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Rangers’ Corey Seager surprisingly gets Barry Bonds treatment from angels

The look on Mike Trout’s face late in the fourth inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ 9-6 win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field said it all.

Trout and everyone watching the game in Arlington, Texas were confused when the Angels intentionally walked Rangers shortstop Corey Seager with the bases loaded, forcing a run.

Yes, a week into the 2022 MLB season, Seager was given the Barry Bonds treatment by the angels, baffling just about everyone. Rangers took a 4-2 lead in the game on the intentional walk and added two more runs in the inning, including one on a disallowance.

Why would the Angels do something like that in this situation?

“The guy is good,” Angels manager Joe Maddon told reporters after the win, referring to Seager. “The most important thing was the march of [Marcus] Semian. When that happened, it made things really more difficult. But I thought by accompanying Seager there, I was of course trying to stay away from the big hit and also just to stir the group up, frankly. It’s something you don’t normally do and I thought by going out there and doing something like that the team might react. As simple as that.

“Seager is so good. I know it was early in the game, but I thought it could have changed the momentum of the game. The denial is what really hurt. The denial made it a two-way moment points as opposed to a point at a point, which I was happy with, but nonetheless, I thought it was the right thing to do at that time for us.

Maddon also told reporters that when he went to the mound to discuss the situation with reliever Adam Warren, the pitcher was on board with the idea, as were the infielders who joined in. the conversation.

Obviously, Trout was not on the same page.

According to the Rangers, Seager is the seventh known player in MLB history to be intentionally walked around with the bases loaded.

Bonds’ intentional walk with the bases loaded came on May 28, 1998 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Giants slugger was one of the most feared hitters of the game and with the D-backs leading by two runs in the ninth inning, manager Buck Showalter decided to walk in a run rather than allow Bonds to hit a circuit to win the match. .

The move in 1998 worked for Showalter as the D-backs held on for an 8-7 victory, and in an odd twist the Angels rallied to beat the Rangers 24 years later.

Maybe it’s not a bad strategy after all, even if it surprises everyone.