Third base coaches: nerves of steel, and human calculators

­­­On Outside the Hangar recently, I’ve been writing about my experiences as a fan of the Melbourne Aces. They’ve been away on ABL duty in Brisbane this weekend, and to cheer myself up after their 3-1 series loss to the Bandits I’ve decided to write this brief piece about the perfect confluence of three things that spell happier times for me – attending an Aces game, making new friends in the stands, and seeing plenty of action on the basepaths when the ball is in play.

My new acquaintance and I, along with the rest of the fans were out of our wind-chilled seats early in the first inning of the Melbourne Aces game against the Brisbane Bandits last Sunday. With two out and runners at the corners, Dylan Cozens lined a ball to deep right field. Scott Wearne scored easily, while Kellin Deglan came flying around the bases but was held up at third by manager Tommy Thompson, who (not uniquely, at least in minor leagues, a co-Aces fan spectator tells me) pulls double duty as third-base coach:

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