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Mets make ‘Play of the Year’ on 1-3-1 putout (Video)

Carlos Torres Mets

The New York Mets pulled off what’s being called the “Play of the Year” after recording a wild 1-3-1 putout in Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jeff Francouer was batting in the 10th and hit a comebacker to Carlos Torres. The ball ricocheted off Torres’ leg/foot to first baseman Daniel Murphy, who dove for a backhanded stop, then made a no-look toss to Torres for the out.

Torres looked like he was playing hacky sack on that one. You never know when those skills will pay off!

Omar Infante, Alcides Escobar combine for highlight reel play (Video)

Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar combined for one heck of a defensive highlight on Tuesday night.

During the 9th inning of Kansas City’s 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians, Infante went up the middle to the shortstop side of the field, backhanded a grounder by Roberto Perez and flipped to Escobar, who made a barehanded grab and threw on to first for the out. That was all to get the first out of the inning in a 1-run game.

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Kansas City held on for the win and is now 61-38, giving them the best record in the AL by a solid margin.

Brandon Phillips, Eugenio Suarez combine for amazing play (Video)

The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs in a close game on Monday night, and they can thank their middle infield for that.

With runners on first and second and two out in the top of the seventh, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and shortstop Eugenio Suarez combined for one of the best plays you will see all year. Phillips got it started with an amazing backhanded stab and behind-the-back-flip to second.

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While Phillips has been receiving most of the credit, Suarez showed incredible concentration to barehand the ball and step on the bag for the out.

The Reds held on and won 5-4.

We have seen some remarkable plays from Phillips in the past, but that was easily among the veteran’s best.

Josh Donaldson makes ridiculous catch in stands to help perfect game (Video)

Josh Donaldson catch

Josh Donaldson is rated as one of the best defensive third basemen in baseball. With catches like this one, it’s easy to see why.

Donaldson went into the stands to take away an at-bat from David DeJesus at the start of the 8th inning in Wednesday’s Blue Jays-Rays game, aiding Marco Estrada’s perfect game effort:

Estrada lost the perfect game and no-hitter when Logan Forsythe reached via infield single on the next at-bat, and he was lifted with two outs in the ninth after allowing a double. He ended up with a no decision, which was a pretty crappy outcome given how well he pitched, but at least his team won 1-0 in 12 innings. Estrada also took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his previous outing, so there’s little doubt about how much he is dominating.

But how about that catch by Donaldson? He went about 2-3 rows into the stands to make it. That was probably the best catch this season since the one by Nolan Arenado.

Joc Pederson crashes into wall on awesome catch, leaves Justin Upton stunned (Video)

Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson has been getting it done for the team with his bat, and now he’s also showing he has quite the glove.

The center fielder robbed Justin Upton of what otherwise would have been a walk-off hit for the Padres during Sunday’s game in San Diego. Take a look at the catch:

Upton was swinging 3-0 with two men on in a 2-2 game with two outs in the ninth. Upton swore he had hit a ball that won the game — possibly even one that would have been a 3-run home run. But Pederson tracked the ball and made the catch at the warning track. He was going full-speed and crashed into the wall to preserve the tie game.

Upton’s reaction was priceless:

Justin Upton reaction

To show you how important that catch was, the game went to extra innings afterwards and the Dodgers won it 4-2 in 12. Not only was it a beautiful play, but it also was critical in helping the team pull out a win.

Alex Gordon crashes into fan on awesome catch (Video)

Alex Gordon made one heck of a catch on Sunday and crashed into a fan while doing so.

The four-time Gold Glover winner raced towards the stands in left field and made a catch on a ball hit by Micah Johnson to lead off the sixth inning at US Cellular Field. Gordon completely sacrificed his body on the play because he had to make a leaping catch into the stands in order to snag the ball.

Even with crashing into the White Sox fan to make the catch, Gordon still ended up in the third row on his Derek Jeter-like play. Check out this great photo a fan shared:

Edinson Volquez should buy him dinner after that one.

Alex Gordon catch

Jon Lester throws entire glove to first for out (Video)

Give Jon Lester two points for creativity and one point for getting the out.

The Chicago Cubs starter showed some ingenuity Sunday by throwing his entire glove to first base to record an out on a fielder’s choice by Clint Barmes in the second inning of the Padres’ 5-2 win over the Cubbies. Anthony Rizzo deserves some points for the assist as he wisely dropped his glove in order to catch Lester’s.

Unfortunately, making that play wasn’t enough for Lester as he gave up a 2-run home run to Will Middlebrooks earlier in the inning and took the loss to drop to 0-2. Now he just needs to find a new glove that doesn’t let balls get stuck in the webbing.

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Kevin Pillar climbs wall to rob Tim Beckham of home run (Video)

On Tuesday, Nolan Arenado presented a candidate for Major League Baseball’s catch of the season by making a spectacular grab down the third base line (watch it here). The following day, Kevin Pillar did his best to one up him.

In the top of the seventh inning of Toronto’s game against Tampa Bay, Rays second baseman Tim Beckham hit a drive to left field that looked destined to sail over the wall for a home run. Blue Jays left fielder Kevin Pillar had other ideas. Pillar raced towards the wall and planted his right foot into it, elevating himself high enough to reach up and pull the ball back into the yard.

Taking a home run is always an impressive feat. However, the height of the outfield walls at Rogers Centre can make them seem even more impressive. Well done, indeed, by Pillar.

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Nolan Arenado makes spectacular catch, runs into tarp (Video)

Nolan Arenado has won two Gold Gloves playing third base for the Colorado Rockies. After seeing the play he made on Tuesday night against the Giants, it’s easy to see why.

Arenado ran down a pop up by the left field line in the eighth inning and went full-steam ahead into the tarp Derek Jeter-style. Despite nearly killing himself by sacrificing his body on the play, his head was in the game enough to recover and throw to third for a potential double play. Even if he didn’t get the double play, that was still a studly play.

Well done, Arenado. That’s the kind of play that makes people never forget you.

Nolan Arenado

Lorenzo Cain, Adam Eaton trade web gems (Video)

Adam Eaton catchLorenzo Cain and Adam Eaton are two of the better defensive center fielders in baseball, and the two showcased their skills during Thursday’s White Sox-Royals game.

First it was Cain robbing Adam LaRoche of extra bases with a stellar catch that sent him crashing into the wall in the top of the second inning. The catch was so good pitcher Edinson Volquez had to tip his cap to his teammate. An inning later, he robbed Micah Johnson of a potential double with another nice catch at the wall.

Two innings later, Eaton nearly went Jim Edmonds to rob Mike Moustakas of a shot to center. This was a beauty: