Sunday, June 22, 2014
Throw Of The Year
. . . at least so far. June 10; The Athletics playing the Angels with the score tied 1-1 in the 8th inning. Howie Kendrick is on first base with Mike Trout at the plate. Trout laces a liner to left field. The left fielder is Yoenis Cespedes who threw out two Angels on the basepaths the night before. The ball initially looks like it will fall in for a single with the fast Kendrick getting to third but it glances off the glove of Cespedes and heads towards the left field corner. Kendrick decides to go home. Cespedes grabs the ball and makes a high arcing 310 foot throw which nails Howie at the plate.
Go to the link and watch the entire play and the replays from different angles and also notice that the Athletics catcher Derek Norris barely has to move to catch the ball and make the tag.
The next night, Cespedes had another ball glance off his glove and threw out Albert Pujols at third base.