Luis Robert Jr.

The Chicago White Sox removed Luis Robert Jr. from their game Saturday night after he jogged to first on a ground ball that would have been an easy hit.

Leading off the bottom of the first, Robert Jr. hit a slow hopper that Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Calvin Faucher had to move several steps off the mound to grab. It appeared to be an easy hit for the speedy Robert, especially given Faucher’s throw was weak and hopped once to first base.

Yet Robert slowed halfway down the first base line and went half-speed the rest of the way, getting thrown out by several steps.

Manager Pedro Grifol removed Robert Jr. from the game. White Sox insider Herb Lawrence reported the team benched him because “they believed he dogged it down the line.”

Twitter immediately reacted with mixed feelings to the play. Some fans blasted Robert Jr. for the lackadaisical effort, while others cautioned that he absolutely had to be hurt to look so bad on the play.

But word that the White Sox pulled him for effort, not an injury, opened the Twitter floodgates. It was not a pretty sight.

For the record, Robert is in the 89th percentile among MLB players in speed, according to Statcast. He didn’t show it on this play.

[Jared Carrabis; Photo credit: NBC Sports Chicago]

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