CLEVELAND -- There are few more thankless jobs on a coaching staff than third base coach. Rarely credited when a runner scores, they're almost always critiqued when a runner is thrown out at the plate.
Credit the often-criticized Gene Lamont, however, for trying to get Quintin Berry thrown out at third base on Saturday. It was Lamont who noticed the buzz in the Indians dugout during the fifth inning and figured out that they probably saw a replay on Alex Avila's slide into third base.
"He knew when they came down [from the clubhouse] and were yelling that something wasn't right," manager Jim Leyland said.
Credit Lamont, too, for knowing that a play on Berry would negate any appeal on Avila, allowing the run to stand.
It didn't work, but it was a pretty creative idea. Leyland, for one, believes that if play had resumed and Berry's first attempt had counted, that it probably would've worked.
"I'll be honest, the first time I was dumbfounded," Leyland said. "I didn't know what was going on. When he was first out there in no-mans-land, I was like, 'What the heck is he doing?' Then it dawned on me, and I realized what happened."