Huge fan of the movie Rookie Of The Year? We are too, that’s why it’s great to see rookie Manny Machado pulling the infamous “hidden ball trick” that Henry perfects in Rookie Of The Year. It’s not exactly the same, but along the same lines. Machado is charging a rolling ball down the third base line and appears to whip the ball to first to catch the runner. Low and behold, Machado faked out the runner on third, nabbing him rounding the base.
Alright, so maybe calling this the “hidden ball trick” might be a bit of a stretch. Still can’t ignore how cool of a play this was for a rookie to pull off, especially in this crucial of a game/situation. Is this the year of the rookie in the MLB or what? Between Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish and now Machado, it’s been quite a season for the rooks.