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Todd Frazier used a fan’s baseball to fool umpire on diving ‘catch’ into the stands

For The Win logo For The Win 9/5/2018 Andrew Joseph

Video by CBS Sports

Outside of the Mets' blistering 11-1 start to the season, there hasn't been much for Mets fans to be happy about this year. Todd Frazier, though, gave the Mets faithful reason to smile with some good, old-fashioned gamesmanship this week.

During Monday's game against the Dodgers, Frazier appeared to make a sweet diving catch into the stands. He held a baseball up to the umpire after making the apparent grab and got the out.

The Mets broadcast went back and reviewed to tape only to notice that Frazier duped third base umpire Mark Wegner with a decoy baseball. Take a look:

As Frazier fell into the stands, he lost hold of the baseball. But he was able to grab a nearby "rubber" youth baseball that dropped beside him. He showed that baseball to Wegner and got the out. The actual baseball was picked up by a fan in a Justin Turner jersey. Knowing that he was holding onto a non-regulation baseball, Frazier tossed the decoy ball into the stands before anyone could question the legitimacy of that catch.

Frazier's poker face was also on point. He played it off like he made the catch and didn't bust out an over-the-top celebration to draw suspicion.

It was easily the best deception of the MLB season. And it came from the Mets! Who could have seen that coming?


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