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Cespedes' Throw

Posted: 06/11/2014 7:29 AM

Cespedes' Throw 


http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/as-yoenis-cesp edes-amazing-assist-stands-after-review-vs-angels? ymd=20140611&content_id=79214646&vkey=news _mlb

ESPN had to redo their Top 10 last night and bump Nick Markakis down one spot.  I'm trying to put that throw in context of other great ones I have seen in my lifetime.  The best arms I have seen in person belonged to Jesse Barfield, Cory Snyder, Ichiro, and Jay Buhner.  I once saw Buhner pick the ball up off the Coliseum track in right, turn, take a crow hop and throw a one-hop strike to home.  Fortunately for the A's that day, the runner was held at third.

Cespedes throw is up there with anything I have seen strength wise, but the unique thing about it is it came right down the line and over the runners head on the fly to home plate.  I don't think I have ever seen a throw down the line that can compare to it.

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Posted: 06/11/2014 7:53 AM

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Yea the thing that gets me is that he uncorked it from foul territory and it ended up slicing into home from fair territory. Like a perfect fade in golf to get around a tree.

And the play sums up Cespedes perfectly. One second he makes a silly error due to lack of concentration then the next second he makes a play you've never seen before.
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Posted: 06/11/2014 8:22 AM

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A's should've won last night... disbelief
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Posted: 06/11/2014 8:44 AM

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The throw reminded me of some Raul Mondesi heaves, though much more accurate than Mondesi generally was.
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Posted: 06/11/2014 8:56 AM

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He has something like 7 assists in his last 15 games.
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Posted: 06/11/2014 9:43 AM

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That throw was definitely the most unique great throw I have ever seen.   Having to run into left field foul territory pick up the ball and make a throw essentially flat footed over the shoulder of the runner and drop it in right on the money is amazing.   

The comparison the Cespedes throw is getting is the Bo Jackson throw from the left field warning track years ago where he threw out Harold Reynolds at home plate on the fly.  Unfortunately the only video I have seen of it is not very good and it only shows Bo getting to the ball and then the throw arriving at the plate to get Reynolds.
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Posted: 06/11/2014 9:50 AM

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I've never seen anything like that throw... Just an incredible play. Only one I remember being as memorable was Ichiro throwing out Terrence Long, but that was more because Ichiro was announcing himself as an elite player in his first game in the states.

That makes 3 outfield assists at home against the Angels this season right? They should just stop running on him.

Last edited 06/11/2014 10:02 AM by jclay09

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Posted: 06/11/2014 9:55 AM

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Posted: 06/11/2014 10:05 AM

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Pssh. I could do that
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Posted: 06/11/2014 10:31 AM

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ComicBookGeek wrote: Pssh. I could do that

I could do that if I chose to. I just don't choose to.
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Posted: 06/11/2014 10:42 AM

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blee1134 wrote: He has something like 7 assists in his last 15 games.
....which ties him with Lowrie for the team lead. biggrin

"Today's one of those days, where the white shoes look a little shinier and feel a little better." --Bob Melvin
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Posted: 06/11/2014 10:43 AM

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jclay09:  Only one I remember being as memorable was Ichiro throwing out Terrence Long, but that was more because Ichiro was announcing himself as an elite player in his first game in the states. 

I remember that throw.  Part of Ichiro's arsenal is great mechanics.  He gets his momentum going in the right direction to make the throw and there is very little wasted movement.  Cory Snyder (Tigers, Giants, Dodgers utility player) was like that.  I saw him chase a ball hit down the right field line, pick it up barehanded on the chalk, turn in one motion and unleash a laser strike to second.  The runner digging for second had just gotten past halfway between first and second when the ball arrived.  He just stopped in shock, turned and looked at Snyder while the second baseman ran over and tagged him.

Cespedes was an awesome display of raw power like Modesi, Buhner, Vlad, Bo, Junior.  If you've ever been lucky enough to see those guys work on throwing drills before a game or in Spring Training, the trajectory and speed of the ball looks different coming out of their hands than the other outfielders.  

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Posted: 06/11/2014 11:06 AM

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Crazy throw.
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Posted: 06/11/2014 12:46 PM

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http://espn.go.com/blog/sweets...yoenis-cespedes

Some interesting comparisons.  I forgot about our own Jose Guillen.  The Joe Ferguson throw to get Bando at home was pretty sweet.

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Posted: 06/11/2014 12:57 PM

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Brilliant throw.  But I can't stand the way Ces looks at runners from the outfield, just throw the damn ball.  He clanked the ball because he was looking away at runners, and then before fetching the ball he took another look at the runners.
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Posted: 06/11/2014 1:07 PM

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AsAsAs wrote: Brilliant throw.  But I can't stand the way Ces looks at runners from the outfield, just throw the damn ball.  He clanked the ball because he was looking away at runners, and then before fetching the ball he took another look at the runners.
He's trying to do too much.  It's his inexperience showing.  He's improving every day...
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Posted: 06/11/2014 1:59 PM

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Was watching CNN this morning when I got home from work and they were talking about the throw that Cespedes made last night during the game. They showed it about three or four times while talking what an amazing throw it was.

That is also twice that an A's outfielder threw out Angels on the base paths in this series. I think people are going to start paying attention that you can't run on the A's outfielders all the time anymore.
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Posted: 06/11/2014 2:21 PM

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best throw I've ever seen was the one that SF Giants center fielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo threw against the Montreal Expos to get a runner out at the plate.  Bare-handed pickup, in one motion from deep right-center field throw to the plate on one bounce.  Back in 2002.  I wish I could find a video on it.
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Posted: 06/11/2014 3:30 PM

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When talking about the great arms don't forget Clemente.
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Posted: 06/11/2014 4:13 PM

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Kev wrote:
blee1134 wrote: He has something like 7 assists in his last 15 games.
....which ties him with Lowrie for the team lead. biggrin
Cespedes has 8 assists which leads the AL (fact, maybe all of baseball, but not sure on that one).

The entire play was amazing, but what I found even more amazing was  all Norris had to do was open his glove and that is where the ball .. most precisely landed ... right in the middle, like someone was standing next to him and just dropped the ball in his glove's pocket.  Watched that several times and the high trajectory (off balance, no less) and how it reaches home plate and basically falls into Norris' glove.  Absolutely amazing.
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