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Announcers noted that Seager got the “Barry Bonds treatment” when Angels manager Joe Maddon made the intentional walk call with the bases loaded, just the third time that’s happened in the majors since at least 1950.
“I thought by walking Seager there, of course, just trying to stay out of a big blow,” Maddon said with the Rangers leading 3-2 at the time of the call. “And also just to stir the group up, quite frankly.
“I walked out there and looked at (Austin Warren). I said, ‘How ‘bout …’ and then he kind of said, ‘Putting him on.’ I said, ‘Yeah, how ‘bout putting him on?’ And he kind of smiled. And then the infielders kind of dug it, too,” Maddon explained.
Corey Seager (5) of the Texas Rangers walks to first base after he was intentionally walked to drive in a run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Field on April 15, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. (Tim Heitman/Getty Images)
Warren said he was surprised but admitted, “I’m not going to tell Joe Maddon no.”
Seager joined Barry Bonds in 1998 and Josh Hamilton in 2008 in being given first base with the bases full. Maddon also made the call for Hamilton when he was managing the Tampa Bay Rays.
Shohei Ohtani (center) of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field April 15, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Tim Heitman/Getty Images)
The Rangers still took advantage, scoring five runs in the fourth inning before the Angels could answer in the fifth. Shohei Ohtani homered twice to lead Los Angeles past the Rangers 9-6.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.