LF Sam Fuld

JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — Sunday (5/29/2011) was Super Sam Fuld Cape Day at Tropicana Field, and the Tampa Bay Rays LF responded with characteristic scrappiness in a 7-0 rout of the Cleveland Indians.

  • With two men on base in the 5th inning, Fuld legged out an infield hit to drive in one run. An errant throw to first base by Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera allowed Fuld to reach second base and scored a second run.
  • Earlier the same inning, Fuld made a dramatic, sliding attempt to catch a sinking liner hit by Indians 3B Adam Everett. Instant replays showed Fuld trapped the ball.
  • Fuld, who covers a lot of outfield real estate with his short legs, made a running grab of Travis Buck’s fly ball in the 9th inning.

No doubt, the 29-year-old Fuld is not hitting as well as he was when the Rays announced Super Sam Fuld Cape Day, on April 13. At that time he was batting .313 en route to a season high of .396. Today he is hitting .227, with an uncharacteristically low on-base percentage of .276.

Fewer hits and walks have meant fewer base-stealing opportunities. Fuld stole 10 bases on 13 attempts in April but has stolen only 2 bases on 4 tries so far in May.

But above-average fielding and hustle have allowed Fuld to remain both a starter and a fan favorite, and he continues to hit the ball hard, if not always “where they ain’t.”

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