Coaches are always encouraging their hitters to go up to the box and hit the cover off the baseball. Until Friday, that was just a euphemism.
Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado hit a grounder so hard yesterday that the cover literally came off the baseball. It left Pedro Alvarez befuddled, and allowed Maldonado to leg it out for an infield single. Take a look:
Flex on ’em Maldonado.