Mets third baseman Todd Frazier chases a foul ball into the stands at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 3, 2018.

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Mets' Frazier Admits He Tricked Ump With Rubber Ball

September 06, 2018 - 11:53 am
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By WFAN.com

Mets third baseman Todd Frazier admitted Wednesday he pulled a fast one on an umpire in Monday night's game against the Dodgers when he passed off a rubber ball he found in the stands as the foul ball he was chasing after.

In the second inning, Frazier flipped head-first into the first row at Dodger Stadium and then held up a ball to the umpire, who called Alex Verdugo out. That ball, however, was a rubber ball that fell out of a bag sitting on a table that Frazier landed on. A Dodgers fan came up with the real baseball, and Frazier quickly tossed the rubber ball back into the stands.

SNY's Steve Gelbs was the first to report on the incident, which was backed up by video evidence.

"It is Hollywood, so sometimes you have to act out a little bit," Frazier told reporters. "Basically I caught the ball going in the stands, and as I came down, the ball came out. After seeing the replay there was another ball there and the first ball I saw I picked up and raised my hand up and (umpire Mark Wegner) called him out. It was just one of those things where I thought real quick, I had a split-second, and if there wasn't a ball there I didn't have a shot to get him out.

"It was one of those things where I think any third baseman or any player trying to win would do it," said Frazier.

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The play came in a three-up, three-down inning. The Mets won the game, 4-2.

Verdugo told the Los Angeles Times he was not surprised to learn Frazier didn't really catch the ball. He thought he saw the ball bobble out of Frazier's glove on the replay.

Verdugo talked to Frazier before Wednesday's game and told him: "You're a really good actor."