It’s early yet, but I’m getting the sense that Mark Trumbo is not exactly taking to this whole playing left field thing.
It’s going to be a transition for Trumbo as he attempts to learn the position. And early returns are not positive.
In fact, early returns are downright horrifying if you’re a Diamondbacks fan. And sort of hilarious if you don’t have an actual stake in the whole thing.
In this play from the second inning of the opening game between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks at Sydney Cricket Grounds (which the Dodgers won 3-1, making them officially 1-0 on the season even though it doesn’t feel like it), Trumbo attempts to rob Scott Van Slyke of a home run.
He sort of misjudges the ball though:
Yup, that was…just awful.
Here’s an example from later in the game of Trumbo attempting to make a diving catch.
Trumbo is looking very Adam Dunn-like out there, and that is not good news for the D-backs.
I hope Aussie fans who turned out for the opening game realize that’s not how you’re supposed to play the outfield.
MLB maybe should order the D-backs to bench Trumbo until the two teams get back to the states. He’s not exactly helping the game’s image overseas.