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(Major League Baseball)   With less than two months of the season remaining Tigers outfielder Ezequiel Carrera just made a strong bid for catch of the year   (wapc.mlb.com) divider line 20
    More: Spiffy, Ezequiel Carrera, Jacoby Ellsbury  
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1303 clicks; posted to Sports » on 05 Aug 2014 at 8:22 PM (47 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-08-05 07:10:37 PM  
Austin who?

Bet he doesn't strike out as much either.
 
2014-08-05 08:35:55 PM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Austin who?

Bet he doesn't strike out as much either.


He has certainly dove for more balls than Jackson did.
 
2014-08-05 09:15:03 PM  
Jackson would have caught that in stride.
 
2014-08-05 10:16:29 PM  
Meh. Go Tribe!
 
2014-08-05 10:36:29 PM  
Saw Jackson dive once, maybe twice ever.
 
2014-08-05 11:37:33 PM  
I was at the game.

The catch was absolutely breathtaking, but a better route to the ball probably wouldn't have required quite the dive.

I also went to the Mets game yesterday, and Lagares' throw was, if not more impressive, a higher degree of difficulty.
 
2014-08-06 12:09:31 AM  
Wasn't that much of a stretch if he was able to bend his knees for the landing.
 
2014-08-06 01:13:00 AM  

Dafatone: I was at the game.

The catch was absolutely breathtaking, but a better route to the ball probably wouldn't have required quite the dive.


Yup. It's the case with a lot of "web gems" though... the dive makes it looks spectacular when a better player would make it look routine.

And Zeke is pretty much notorious for that. His entire minor league career, he was profiled as a ridiculously fast guy with a decent eye, so the thought was he would be a good defensive CF who could lead off at best, and worst case he'd be a 4th OF with really good defense and who could pinch run. But one he was called up (by the Indians, of course), he made some pretty brutal errors. Which happens, but the thought was that the advanced metrics would all say he's decent because of his speed. But the majors does a better job of tracking balls and tracking paths to said ball. They found that he's an absolutely horrific route-runner. Fangraphs says that the only position he rates as better than replacement defensively is LF. A player with a career .646 OPS is not going to play in LF. 

So he's a below average defender, a singles hitter with below average plate discipline... but at least he's fast.
 
2014-08-06 04:09:35 AM  

Dafatone: I was at the game.

The catch was absolutely breathtaking, but a better route to the ball probably wouldn't have required quite the dive.


The route he did take didn't require the dive. He was showboating. He overjumped and was lucky the ball didn't bounce off the heel of his glove.
 
2014-08-06 08:44:56 AM  
Blackmon's was better.
 
2014-08-06 09:55:34 AM  

lacydog: So he's a below average defender, a singles hitter with below average plate discipline... but at least he's fast.


Sounds just like Ben Revere
 
2014-08-06 11:03:35 AM  
Sure looks like the ball was out of the glove.

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2014-08-06 11:07:33 AM  

ChrisDe: Saw Jackson dive once, maybe twice ever.


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2014-08-06 11:47:20 AM  

joeshill: Sure looks like the ball was out of the glove.

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is that bigfoot or loch ness monster playing centerfield?
 
2014-08-06 11:55:02 AM  

p0nk: joeshill: Sure looks like the ball was out of the glove.

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is that bigfoot or loch ness monster playing centerfield?


That's Mister Sasquatch to you, sir.

If you watch the video, it's slightly suspicious that as soon as he hits, he appears to scoop up the ball with his left hand and put it into his glove.  The Yankees didn't challenge (but it looked like they were thinking about it when talking with the umpire).
 
2014-08-06 12:07:18 PM  
joeshill:
If you watch the video, it's slightly suspicious that as soon as he hits, he appears to scoop up the ball with his left hand and put it into his glove.  The Yankees didn't challenge (but it looked like they were thinking about it when talking with the umpire).

i have to admit, after hitting the heel of his glove, he was still juggling it when he turned his glove upside down and probably used the ground to keep it in.  just not enough evidence to overturn...but fark the yankees.
 
2014-08-06 12:17:57 PM  
Yeah.  It really just goes into the "meh, could go either way pile."

/Old time tigers fan.
/Was on Michigan Avenue in 84 when they won the series.
/Remember sitting on the Tigers dugout watching games when I was like 6.  (1960's).  My dad got amazing seats.
 
2014-08-06 12:48:34 PM  

Dafatone: The catch was absolutely breathtaking


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Agrees.
 
2014-08-06 01:35:55 PM  
It would have been better if we had won the farkin' game.
 
2014-08-06 01:49:52 PM  
Catch of the year...does this mean the Tigers are going to trade him?  (Yeah, they might, and
then sink back to the last-place team they were throughout the 1990s.)
 
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