By: Chandler Ragsdale
Earlier this week, Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was injured in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Although there has been a circulating question involving this injury, and that is, was the slide that took Mercer out dirty? On a play where the shift was on, a ground ball was hit back up the middle to the Pirates shortstop, who was playing out of position because of the shift. He was almost playing as a second baseman. With Carlos Gomez on first, Mercer took it upon himself to apply the tag on Gomez, and that is where things went bad. Gomez slid, and he when he did he took out Mercer’s knee. The Pirates third baseman was coming over to cover the bag for the potential double play, so with Gomez seeing this, he does his job, and starts his slide in order to try and break up this double play. By the time he is in his slide however, Mercer is already coming to apply the tag, and at this point there was nothing that Gomez could do. So I do not think that this was a dirty play, but I think that Gomez was just doing his job, and that Mercer was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hopefully Mercer won’t be in the dugout watching for too long, because the Pirates need him in order to keep up with the Cardinals in the NL Central, and to stay ahead of the surging Cubs as well.