Eloy Jimenez might have made the worst defensive play in the history of the Chicago White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox are a pretty good baseball team. They are not one of the elite teams yet but they are well on their way. One of the players that are helping them become a great team is Eloy Jimenez. We all know the White Sox fleeced the Chicago Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade simply based on Jimenez. It will make it even worse if Dylan Cease is great but that’s a conversation for later. With that said, Jimenez might have made the worst defensive play of all time.
As you can see, he tries to make a cute catch on a ball off the bat of Christian Yelich. I don’t know if he thought it was foul but he stayed in the net too long and Yelich was able to round the bases and score on an inside-the-park home run. Then, the White Sox allowed the Brewers to tack on a few more runs for a four-run fifth inning. It put them ahead 5-2 before the White Sox were able to get out of it and come to bat.
This might be the worst defensive play in the history of Major League Baseball. There are a lot of candidates for that title but this has to be in the conversation. He made a ball that he should absolutely catch look like something he didn’t even know how to handle. Then, the ball ended up being fair and he wasn’t quick enough to get it into the infield before Yelich scored.
The White Sox need to do something about this for two major reasons. The first is the fact that it could sink any individual baseball game for the team. In a 162 game season, you still don’t want to blow games but it is even worse in this 60 game season. The Brewers rallied after that to take a big league and you don’t know if it would have happened if he didn’t do that.
The other reason is that he is going to hurt himself. He has already hurt himself three times playing the outfield. It is only a matter of time before he hurts himself really badly and is out for longer than a few days. Someone needs to coach him through this or make him a designated hitter. This absolutely cannot continue because he is one of the best hitters in the world and they need him to win.