A few enterprising New York reporters went over to ask a neutral party, Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, what he thought.
Gardenhire said such a play is not the norm for spring training but he can understand how it happens.
“It’s instinctive,” he said. “But you’re sad to see somebody get hurt like that in spring training.”
Gardenhire said he doesn’t put on any contact plays in spring training or bring his infield in. He also warns his third base coach not to take any unnecessary risks that could result in collisions.