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WATCH: Another Kevin Kiermaier misplay leads to Royals inside-the-park homer

Apr 30, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) blows a bubble during the national anthem prior to an MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Dixon
Written by Michael Dixon

The sooner Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier forgets about his series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the better off he’ll be.

In the eighth inning of Thursday’s game, Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield hit what appeared to be an RBI single to center field. Unfortunately, Kiermaier botched the routine play in center, letting the ball go completely under his glove. On the hard turf of Tropicana Field, the ball rolled all the way to the wall and Merrifield had himself a Little League home run.

The embarrassment of the play was only heightened by the fact that it was the second time in the series that it happened to Kiermaier.

On Monday, he let a nearly identical ball off the bat of Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain roll under his glove, giving Cain the Little League home run.

At this point, it’s important to note that Kiermaier is a two-time Gold Glove winning outfielder. In 2015, he won the Platinum Glove Award, given to the player voted as the best defender among the Gold Glove winners.

So, it can truly happen to anyone.

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Michael Dixon

Michael Dixon

Bay Area born and raised, I have extensive experience in both the print and online worlds. There are few things in this world I love doing more than talking sports.