Fundamentals can be tough, even for players who have been in the big leagues for a long time.
The Mariners’ rough loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night got worse in the seventh inning when Toronto padded its six-run lead thanks to some throwing troubles by Raul Ibanez in left field. Well, Ibanez had no trouble throwing — it was the release point that got him all fouled up.
Ibanez scooped up the ball, wound up and threw hard, but he ended up chucking the ball right into the ground. It landed just a few yards in front of him and rolled meekly toward the infield, allowing Jose Bautista to zip around third and score another run.
Ibanez, 41, isn’t a bad fielder. In fact, he made a nice snag earlier in the game. It’s just the whole relay thing that appears to have caught up to him this time.
Check it out in the video below.