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Tampa Bay Rays outfielder tries to rob a home run that lands 30 feet behind him

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier hangs out on the outfield wall while Kendrys Morales’ home run off the Tropicana Field catwalk drops in the outfield. (Screenshot via MLB.com)

When Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier took the field tonight, he didn’t plan on adding his name to the blooper reels. But that’s exactly what he did.

The second-year center fielder out of Parkland College misjudged a pop-up by Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales, which was ruled a home run after hitting a catwalk in the Tropicana Field rafters, and in the process found himself watching the ball fall to the turf about 10 yards behind him while clutching the top of the outfield wall.

He may have looked a little foolish during the play, but the athleticism and flexibility alone should earn him an award of some kind. Instead, he might find his way on SportsCenter for that other top 10 list. (You know the one.)

Maybe Kiermaier has a knack for these tights of not-top plays. Just two days prior, Kiermaier collided with teammate Daniel Nava in the outfield against the Minnesota Twins.

Perhaps he just needs some time away from Tropicana field to re-calibrate before he hurts himself or a teammate.

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