VIDEO: Tampa Bay Rays get unusual double play on two tag plays at the plate

  • David Whitlock

It’s just your standard 6-2 (tag) -4-3-2 (tag) double play.  In what has to be a major league record, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan recorded two tag outs on the same play to keep the Reds to only a 2-0 lead early.  Watch the alert fielding (and communication) by all Rays involved (via MLB.com):

One would expect no less from a Joe Maddon managed team, who is known for having a defense be one step ahead of the offense, including a hidden ball trick up their sleeve last year against the Dodgers.

It was especially sweet for Hanigan, who was traded to Tampa this offseason after having spent his first seven season with the Reds.  Unfortunately for the Rays and Hanigan, the Cincinnati Reds were undaunted, pouring in 10 additional runs for an easy 12-4 win.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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