Top Dog: David Cooper, 12.3%
The Worst: Ricky Romero, -21.9%
Worst Bat: Colby Rasmus, -12.4
Impact AB: Yunel Escobar GIDP, Top 6, -10.8%
Impact Pitch: Delmon Young RBI Walk, Bot 1, -9.1%
Highest Leverage AB: Colby Rasmus Flyout, Top 9, 3.96
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Young RBI Walk, Bot 1, 2.72
Lineup Contribution: -30.3%
Pitching Contribution: -19.6%
Average Leverage Index: 0.93
Chart explanation

GIFs of David Cooper’s atrocious play after the jump! WHY DIDN’T HE JUST TAG HIM??!?


(WPA data courtesy Baseball Reference)
(Idea for a post game graph courtesy Lookout Landing)
(Gifs courtesy Gifmaster Lewis)

Comments (88)

  1. Why didn’t he just tag him?

  2. Wtf. Why didn’t he just tag him?

  3. Seriously why didn’t he just tag him?

  4. Drew is right, what a jerk

  5. Wanted to demonstrate his amazing footspeed?

  6. The question needs to be asked. Why didn’t Cooper just tag him?

  7. What a jerk!

  8. Can’t help wondering here, why didn’t he just tag him?

    • He probably would have tagged with him an empty glove as he was barehanding it. That would have added another level of awfulness/hilarity to that play.

    • C’mon Stoeten.
      After consulting Fangraphs and the percentages, especially Park Factors by handedness, the only real perdcentage play was to throw the ball at the runner, hoping he would trip and THEN pick up the ball and touch the bag.

      Or he coulda just tagged him.

  9. If Juan Uribe had been the hitter, he surely would’ve asked “Why didn’t he just tag me?”

  10. ¿por qué no simplemente lo etiquetar?

  11. maybe he thought there was two out and wanted to get the force out so the run didn’t count…. I dunno… why the fuck didnt he tag him

    • Thinking this is only marginally worse than not tagging him.

      I mean, why didn’t he just tag him?

    • The run would not count if the tag was applied before first base. The run counts if the batter reaches safely and then subsequently an out is made, which is technically the case whenever someone tries for extra bases.

  12. Wasn’t there some way he could have gotten him out other than trying to beat him to 1st base? Why didn’t he just do that?

  13. Is there any reason why Cooper couldn’t have just tagged him?

  14. Couldn’t he have just tagged him?

  15. Awesome thread of comments. Still not sure why he didnt just tag him?

  16. What I want to know is: why didn’t he just reach over and tag him?

  17. Also, my god he is slow.

  18. Waarom heeft hij niet gewoon een label hem?

  19. Why merely tag, when you could RUN?

  20. لماذا لم علامة فقط له؟

  21. Poukisa nou pa t ‘li jis tag l’?

  22. shouldn’t he have tagged him like a facebook picture?

  23. #should’ve tagged him

  24. He could have gotten him out by tagging him. Why didn’t he do that?

  25. Would Lind have tagged him?

  26. Sorry folks, I didn’t have any skin tags.

  27. Dumbest fuckin thing I’ve ever seen.

  28. pourquoi Cooper ne pouvait pas juste lui marquer?

  29. He should have just tagged him

  30. Why didn’t he run faster to first base?

  31. Hindsight is 20/20, but I think he should have just tagged him…

  32. Seeing as this is the “Drunk Jays Fans” blog, can someone give me tips on how to drink the rest of this season into oblivion?

  33. What do you expect? Your Triple A Toronto Blue Jays ladies and gents.

    Now if Alex A. is smart, he’ll let the old and tired regulars take the rest of the season off and continue to trot out this collection of suitcases until October. I actually think there’s a chance at a top-3 pick if we keep going at this rate….Let’s give Ricky a shot at the all-time record for most consecutive losses.

  34. I’m no Mensa member but I believe he could’ve just tagged him.

  35. I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, so why didn’t he just tag him?

  36. I don’t think Cooper is very “quick.”

  37. This thread is white and longer than your average post or thread. Also, why didn’t he just tag him?

  38. Why didn’t that guy just tag me?

  39. “A walking clock?”
    “A walking clock!”
    “I’d wager he has some variety fo walking clock in that box.”
    “Bart, is it a walking clock?”

  40. My favourite was watching Farrell grind the ball on the mound after taking it from Romero, while Cooper stood there in shame… What can you do really? Everybody knows how bad of a play that was… 99.999% of little leaguers would actually make that play.

    On the bright side, at least he didn’t throw it into the stands, right?

    But really now… why didn’t he just tag him?

  41. After a frame by frame analysis by some of the finest minds in the game. The question they all need answered is.
    Why didn’t he just tag him?

  42. So, Other than the force play was there any other way Cooper could have made rhe out?

  43. If you look carefully, in the 72nd frame of the first GIF, if Cooper had simply inclined his body 90 degrees right, I believe he could have just tagged him.

    • If Infante had leaned back, and to the left…back, and to the left…back, and to the left…Cooper would’ve just tagged him.

  44. I’m pretty sure David Cooper deserves some negative WPA for failing to ask himself the question – “why don’t I just tag him?”

  45. Why don’t the Jays just pack up their bats, and hit the golf course instead of prolonging this agony?

    • Because tagging someone on the golf course could lead to serious injury. #bluejays2013trainingmethods

  46. Hey guys, the GIF showing Cooper tagging the runner out isn’t working for me. Can anyone tell me how to get the GIF of Cooper tagging out the runner to work?

  47. I would have tagged him, fuck it.

  48. So this is 21st century baseball’s answer to “Why is the Mona Lisa smiling?”

  49. David Cooper would like to know why everyone wanted him to spray paint a stylized version of ‘Coop’ on Omar Infante?

  50. Man, Cooper’s been “it” for hours. How is he still not able to tag anyone?

  51. If David tried to tag me I would’ve run him over.

  52. After consulting our rule books, several of us have decided that had Cooper taken the ball and made contact with the runner, before said runner had reached first base…this would have sufficed in resulting in an out call.

    This begs the question as to why the Blue Jays player simply did not do this.

  53. Why didn’t he tag him? What a shame.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DAPXMZk2iw

  54. Last night I had a softball game. I was playing first base. A slow roller was hit along the first base line, which I rushed towards and picked up in my glove. Upon doing so, I found myself right next to the batter as she was in the process of running to first base. I merely reached over with my glove and touched her side. This, after being agreed upon by all players on both teams acting as the officiators of the self-umpired softball league I play in, was considered an out.

    Now, I am aware that there may be some slight rule variations between the mostly inebriated, self-pitch, coed softball league that I play in on Tuesday nights and Major League Baseball; but I still rather curious … Why didn’t he just tag him?

  55. Hey, I just tested positive for PED’s and have been suspended for 50 games.

    I did not realize challupas were on the banned list.

  56. Dave Chappelle tonight: Cracka shoulda tagged him.

  57. Denning, LJ: In summertime, village baseball is the delight of everyone. Nearly every village has its own baseball field where the young men play and the old men watch. In the village of Toronto in County Ontario they have their own ground, where they have played these last 35 years. They astro-turf it well. The infield area is well rolled and pseudo-mown. The outfield is kept short. It has a good club house for the players and seats for the onlookers. The village team play there. They belong to a league, competing with the neighbouring villages. Yet now after these 35 years an umpire of the league has ordered that Omar Infante was safe on a run down the first base line. He has done it at the instance of a newcomer who is no lover of tagging. This newcomer has made force outs at first base often. But now this newcomer failed to make a force out. The newcomer thought he could outrun Mr. Infante to first base. No doubt the short distance from ball catch to base was a selling point. Now he just stands in shame for the world to see. His manager has got so upset about it that he pulls the starting pitcher to make a point. His teammates do not go into the field when the newcomer is playing the first base. They say that this is intolerable. So they asked the manager to stop the newcomer from playing. And the fans, much against their will, have felt that they must order the season to be tanked: with the consequence, I suppose, that the Toronto Baseball Club will disappear. The baseball ground will be turned to some other use. I expect for more just built to code condominiums. The young men will turn to other things instead of baseball. The whole village will be much the poorer. And all this because of a newcomer who has just tried to get a force out failed to tag him.

  58. Hey, I don’t play major league baseball,
    And this is crazy,
    But here’s a slow grounder…
    So tag him, maybe?

    • …this is BY FAR the best version of this song that has burrowed itself deep within my skull, lo these many months. Tag him already!

  59. This thread pretty much sums up the 2012 Toronto Blue Jays.

    Also, from Facebook:

    “David Cooper

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