Jose Altuve draws comparisons to Chuck Knoblauch, Steve Sax on Twitter after Game 2 gaffes

Jordan Cohn
October 12, 2020 - 5:07 pm

A first-inning error that was credited to Jose Altuve very well may have determined the outcome of Game 2 of the ALCS between the Astros and Rays.

However, there's a legitimate argument that can be made that would peg Yuli Gurriel as the real guilty party of this play, no matter how short Altuve's throw may have been.

Whoever is to blame, the outcome is the same. What should have been an inning-ending groundout turned into an error which then led to a three-run home run. It's a little harder to make the same case against Gurriel on another grounder later on in the game.

Being unable to make throws from second base automatically brings two names to mind: Chuck Knoblauch and Steve Sax, both of whom were hugely successful offensive second basemen whose yips got the best of them and made it difficult for them to complete a simply throw to first.

Several MLB Twitter users were quick to make the comparisons -- or just poke fun at him in general.

At least one MLB writer -- Maury Brown of Forbes and many other outlets -- didn't think of it as anything to worry about long-term.

Sax's yips went away after an emotional moment, shared in the below video thanks to RADIO.COM Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman.

However, Knoblaugh was never able to overcome his yips, and he was permanently moved out of the infield for the short remainder of his career by Yankees manager Joe Torre.

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