The Los Angeles Angels deliberately walk away from the Texas Rangers’ Corey Seager with the bases filled in the fourth inning

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon called for a deliberate walk with the bases filled in the fourth round of Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers – a decision that quickly backfired.

With one out and Angels trailing 3-2 in Arlington, Texas, Maddon visited reliever Austin Warren before deciding to give Rangers shortstop Corey Seager a free base, allowing Charlie Culberson to score from third place to give Texas a two-point lead race.

A sacrificial run and a ball followed in the next two strokes, bringing in two more runs to put LA in a four-run hole before an inning-ending error.

According to research from ESPN Stats & Information, Maddon’s decision marked just the third time in the last 70 years that a player was deliberately walked with the bases filled. Interestingly, he was the manager the last time this happened – in 2008, when Tampa Bay Ray’s reliever Grant Balfour issued a trip to Josh Hamilton. The Arizona Diamondbacks also deliberately hiked Barry Bonds with the bases filled in 1998.

The two previously base-filled deliberate walks both happened with two outs in the ninth inning. The Diamondbacks led by two runs when the Bonds got steps, and the Rays led by four when Hamilton got steps.

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