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Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin made a terrible mistake in the American League Wild Card game, and the Red Sox will surely thank him after the game.
Credit the Sox outfield for a great relay to home plate, but this is only on the coach from third base.
Giancarlo Stanton hit another near-homerun, his second of the game, with Aaron Judge on first base. Judge should have been held at third base, but instead of playing it safe with only one out in the inning, Nevin chose to send his star player, leaving him dry.
The relay Kiké Hernandez-Xander Bogaerts-Kevin Plawecki worked like a charm.
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Phil Nevin is certainly not bad at his job, but he gets a lot of attention on social media for sending Judge. Nevin should have known better, as Judge was halfway through second and third base when that ball approached the infield.
Judge is not Billy Hamilton.
At this point, however, one has to wonder why the Red Sox would throw again at Stanton today. He has smoked both baseballs he has hit to date, the first from Nathan Eovaldi and the second from the Boston Bullpen. There is no telling what he can do with another chance.