Manny Machado makes ridiculous throw to get Albert Pujols (Video)

Manny Machado has done it again.

A little over a year after the young third baseman went Brooks Robinson and made a throw from deep into foul territory to get a putout at first against the Yankees, he nearly repeated the feat.

Machado robbed Albert Pujols of a hit with a great backhanded stop, and then he threw across the diamond from at least 10 feet into foul territory to get the out in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday. Look at where he was when he made the throw:

Manny Machado throw

This kid is a defensive stud. It’s always nice to have a shortstop playing third, isn’t it?

Dustin Ackley robs Travis d’Arnaud of a home run (Video)

Seattle Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley is hardly one of the best defensive players in baseball, but he made one of the best defensive plays of the year on Monday night when he robbed Travis d’Arnaud of a sure home run.

With the Mariners leading the New York Mets 4-1 in the sixth inning, d’Arnaud hit a shot to left field that looked like a home run right off the bat. The ball hung in the air for a while and Ackley was able to time his jump perfectly to bring it back over the wall. Oftentimes we will say a player robbed a homer when we aren’t certain that the ball would have actually cleared the wall, but there is no question Ackley saved a run.


Jackie Bradley Jr. makes incredible diving catch (Video)

The Boston Red Sox picked up a much-needed 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Had it not been for the incredible diving catch Jackie Bradley Jr. made in the second inning, Chicago may have ended up breaking the game open.

With one out, a man on second and the White Sox already leading 2-0, Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers hit a ball to right-centerfield that looked like it was going to find the gap for a double. That’s when Bradley Jr. did this:


Bradley Jr.’s catch was easily one of the best of the year, and he has made a handful of them. He’s hitting just .217 this season, so his Gold Glove-caliber defense has basically reserved his spot on the MLB roster. Catches like that remind us of why the Red Sox are keeping Bradley Jr. around.

Erick Aybar makes slick barehanded play (Video)

Erick Aybar barehandedErick Aybar made possibly the defensive play of the night Friday when he made a slick barehanded play to rob Luis Sardinas of a hit.

Sardinas was leading off the top of the seventh and hit a slow grounder to short. Sardinas is pretty speedy, so Aybar had to charge the ball and get rid of it quickly for a chance to get the out. Even though the ball wasn’t hit too hard, it was still really deep and moving a lot faster than a bunt when Aybar fielded it, making his barehanded grab extremely impressive. When you couple that with his strong throw, it’s hard not to love that web gem.

The defensive metrics generally don’t rate Aybar too favorably, but I feel like he’s a very strong fielder with a lot of range. It’s just that he doesn’t make great plays like this on a daily basis … nobody can.

Brock Holt makes great diving catch on ball Jonny Gomes loses track of (Video)

Brock Holt is typically a third baseman, but the youngster got the start in center field for the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Jonny Gomes is sure glad he was there.

Minnesota Twins infielder Brian Dozer hit a high popup to left field with two outs in the third inning, and Gomes lost it in the twilight sky. Sometimes it can be tough to see a ball against the skylight when the sun is going down. Fortunately for Gomes, Holt was tracking the ball the entire way from center field and made a fantastic diving catch on it.


As you can see, the ball ended up nowhere near where Gomes was standing. He completely lost it. Holt bailed both him and Jon Lester out and made one of the better defensive plays of the year in the process.

Yoenis Cespedes with maybe the best throw you’ll ever see (Video)

Yoenis Cespedes uncorked what may or may not end up being the best throw you will ever see in your life.

Yoenis Cespedes throwThe Angels and A’s were tied at 1 in the bottom of the 8th inning with one out and a runner on first Tuesday night. Mike Trout sent a line drive to left for a hit, and Cespedes misplayed the ball. It bounced off his glove and rolled to the wall. Instead of running directly to the ball, Cespedes looked up to get a sense of where Howie Kendrick was on the bases. After seeing that Kendrick was heading home, Cespedes rushed over, picked up the ball, and launched a perfect strike to catcher Derek Norris, who tagged out Kendrick for the out to keep the game tied.

Once you factor everything in — that Cespedes made an error and recovered; that Kendrick was so close to home when Cespedes threw the ball; that Cespedes threw it home on a fly; that he threw it with incredible accuracy; that he threw it over Kendrick to get it to Norris; and that it maintained the tie game — you get a sense for how awesome it was.

GIF: Yoenis Cespedes with a cannon from the left field corner... on Twitpic

The only thing I recall that is comparable was Bo Jackson hosing Harold Reynolds at the plate in 1989 at the Kingdome in Seattle:

That was so awesome. I seriously have a baseball boner from that throw.

Dexter Fowler makes diving catch, goes sliding another 10 feet (Video)

Dexter FowlerDexter Fowler turned on the jets to rob Trevor Plouffe of extra bases on Friday night with a sweet diving catch. The best part of the catch was how Fowler went sliding another 10 feet after making the grab. It was as if he landed on some slick grass turf out there. Either that, or the Twins have a Slip’N Slide buried in the outfield at Target Field.

If it weren’t for that play by Fowler, the Twins probably would have tied the game at 5 in the 8th inning because Kurt Suzuki and Eduardo Escobar hit back-to-back doubles to make it 5-4. Plouffe was leading off the inning and would have scored on Suzuki’s double. That’s why this was the reaction of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to the catch:

In the end, Houston got the 5-4 win. And Fowler got to go on a fun ride.

H/T @cjzero