Earlier tonight we heard some devastating news that prized prospect Hak-Ju Lee had torn ligaments in his knee during a collision at second base and is out for the season. Now we have the video.

With the bases loaded, a Norfolk batter hit a slow bouncer to second base. Tim Beckham, who doesn’t have a lot of experience at second base, fielded the ball and tried to back-hand it to Lee to start a double-play (instead of turning his body and making a throw).

The ball sailed on Lee who had to reach for it. As he tried to grab the ball, he planted his left leg just as the runner was beginning his slide to try and break up the double-play. The result was a nasty collision between the runner and Lee’s knee.

The original broadcast did not provide a replay. So we included a slo-mo GIF below…




  1. Dave L says:

    From the looks of it….. Well the video is grainy. The guy is safe at second? Did HJL even hang on to the ball?

    Sad sad sad. Defensive SS was raking 1.000+ OPS after admittedly only 20 days.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      He was safe and no Lee never held on to ball. In fact, I think that is what caused the worst damage. He reached for ball, and when he fumbled it and tried to grab it a second time, that is when he plants his left leg just before the collision. if he grabs the ball cleanly the first time, Im guessing there is no injury.

      • Bob Onmeknobb says:

        Rays please don’t let Koko Eaton do the surgery he sucks. He has more knees and shoulders re injured than anyone in the business. I know for a fact. The best knee doctor in Florida practices luckily enough in our great city. Dr. George Canizeras. He is absolutely the best.

  2. Michael says:

    Hoes at 1:14

  3. formattedfire says:

    Whatever happened to planting your throw when you’re that far away? Frustrating that Hak was doing so well, frustrating that Tim’s struggled most of his career in the minors.

  4. formattedfire says:

    Why not try and tag the runner too when you’re that close?!?!? AHHHHHH!

  5. Dan says:

    Up 5-0 with 1 out in the top of the fourth, did they really need to turn a double play there? I don’t think so.

    Bad toss to second base on that play, as the ss could have been ticketed for loitering while awaiting its arrival.

  6. Chris says:

    I don’t think your headline is fair. Bases-loaded, one out; who wouldn’t go for the DP?

    • Cork Gaines says:

      I never said he shouldn’t go for the double-play. The lack of experience likely factored in Beckham trying to flip the ball to Lee and doing it poorly. An experienced second baseman will turn and make a quick, precise throw knowing that is too far for a flip. And if there isn’t time for a turn-and-throw, he just goes to first for the sure-out.

  7. Beth says:

    Is it possible that Rays fans frustration with Beckham and excitement about Lee (and disappointment about this set back) color our interpretation of that play? Sure, Beckham’s throw was problematic, but Lee’s handling of it left him vulnerable to the hard slide. And even when a play is well executed, injuries can occur.

  8. Alex says:

    Seriously it’s a freak accident…

    • Brandon Rays Fan says:

      Of course it was a freak accident. But there is also a reason coaches don’t coach that play. If you make a hard throw it minimizes freak accidents. And you can’t make a hard throw on a back-hand that far from the bag and moving away from the bag. And it’s 100x worse for a SS who is moving towards the runner.

      • Alex says:

        Look at the way he jumps. He had zero balance and he reached for the ball after dropping it in the air. If he had caught it in the air he probably would of been fine. Instead he lunged forward into the line of the runner with limps going every which way.

        • Alex says:

          Also if you look at where Beckham is, had he turned and planted, he probably would of clipped the runner or hit the runner in the back

  9. Don says:

    Might as well be Hak- Hogan, Rays just signed a $5mil SS for what 2 years?, when do you think Hulk would play his 1st ML game….2016….maybe he will be ready by then, Beckham is a wash out, dump him Rays, can’t stand the “what could have been memories” everytime I hear his name…

  10. Dave L says:

    Its just very sad. his offense was starting to come around and his defense has always been top notch. at the rate he was going Lee would have been an instant no-brainer call up when the rosters expanded at the latest. A nice September defensive option at SS at the minimum even if his recent offense outburst didn’t necessarily translate to the Major league level.

    SS along with C is for now back to the thinnest depth in the organization.

    hopefully modern medicine and time will return his knee to normal.

  11. PBA says:

    You can not blame anyone for an accident. Cork Gaines is way off base with this headline. You should never make that type of statement about a player. This is a fast paced game and if you really knew anything about it then you would be smart enough to know that it was a play like that could only have been converted with a flip throw. There was no time to turn. The key was to get the lead runner. The 2nd baseman was too deep to tag the runner and the flip was the only play he had. Its clear that you have personal issues and dislike certain players but dont ever make accusations on things that are clearly not true. Take the time to learn more about what you write before you put it out for others to read.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Wow. My resume playing, coaching and being around he game is fine, thank you. And any good coach will tell you, if you don’t have time to make a strong toss then you don’t go to second base. Bad things happen at second base and the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING is to not put your teammate in a bad position on that play. And to make some asinine statement about “personal issues” is laughable. I have been writing about Tim Beckham since 2008. Thousands of words on the kid. One critical comment and you drop “personal issues.” Seriously, I laughed out loud.

      Besides, if you actually read the story, you would know I never actually blamed Beckham. I said his lack of experience “may have been a factor.” In some respects, that means I am absolving him of blame and putting it on the organization for putting a player with such little experience in that position.

      But hey, if you want to be an angerball, that’s cool. But please, next time you go off on some emotional rant, be sure you are angry about something that was actually written.

      • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

        Yeah Prof, you hack!
        You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about. You should just pack it up and let an expert take over. It’s not like you could ever come up with 742 pages of high quality Rays-specific content to write…

  12. Gus says:

    It reminds me of Aki getting taking out in Miami. Healing vibes to Lee, who was looking like the 2nd most important prospect in the org (after Myers) given needs on the big club. Bad throw and an unfortunate accident.

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