A’s Matt Chapman, one of game’s best defenders, has one of worst half innings vs. Astros

While many may not know him, Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman is one of the best defenders in the game.

He has range, arm strength and makes plays reminiscent of Nolan Arenado of the Rockies or even Brooks Robinson of the Orioles in the 1960s.

On Thursday it would have been hard to convince anyone he belonged in the big leagues. He had a sixth inning he would like to soon forget.

With no outs in the top of the sixth, Brian McCann hit an easy pop up to Chapman, who was playing around the shortstop position due to a shift.

However, Chapman would not make the catch. In fact, he didn’t even get his glove on the ball. Whether he was uncomfortable with catching the ball in a different position than he was used to, or he simply lost the ball in the sun (it would appear to be the latter), Chapman simply missed it.

Then, two batters later after an infield hit by Tony Kemp, starting pitcher Frankie Montas got a ground ball to third from Alex Bregman which should have resulted in an easy play, but Chapman airmailed the throw to first after tagging third allowing Kemp to score all the way from first.

Webb liked that scenario.

I agree with that, he said. It just got me closer. I didn’t know Cheap Jerseys Kids everybody’s name on the team yet. I was only there for a month. So that was kinda cool, to get to know everyone and everyone kinda got fired up when I got that hit.

A solid majority of American voters — with the exception of Republicans — believe that NFL players can take a knee during the National Anthem and still be patriots, a new poll said Thursday.

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White voters with no college degree were divided, with 46 percent saying yes and the same percentage saying no. All others listed by political party, gender, education, age and race said they were not unpatriotic.

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