Tigers outfielder Mikie Mahtook can't handle strange, bouncing homer

Big League Stew

Detroit Tigers outfielder Mikie Mahtook didn’t quite pull a Canseco on Sunday, but he probably isn’t eager to see the replay of this highlight.

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In the top of the first inning, Mahtook was involved in one of the strangest home runs we’ve seen this season. With a 3-1 count, Cleveland Indians third baseman José Ramírez smacked a 92 mph fastball to deep left field.

Mahtook chased the ball back to play it off the wall, but it hit the top of the fence for a home run. Or did it?

The ball bounced not once, but twice on top of the wall. Just to be safe, Mahtook tried to make a play on it. He jumped to try and grab the ball after the second bounce … and knocked it fully over the wall and into the Tigers bullpen.

Mikie Mahtook couldn’t handle this home run from José Ramírez. (AP Photo)
Mikie Mahtook couldn’t handle this home run from José Ramírez. (AP Photo)

After realizing what happened, Mahtook simply placed his hands on his knees and stared at the infield. What else could he do?

Now, we should note that the home run wasn’t Mahtook’s fault. The ball hit on top of that yellow line initially, meaning it likely would have been ruled a home run had it gone to replay. Mahtook valiantly tried to make the play despite that, and was rewarded with an embarrassing highlight.

If it’s any consolation, Mahtook can’t be too upset about Ramírez’s blast. The third baseman was locked in Sunday, going 5-for-5, with another home run and three doubles in Cleveland’s 11-1 win. 

Ramírez was at least kind enough to send his second home run of the day to right center, where Mahtook had no chance to even touch the ball.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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