It has been a while since this blog has featured some of the best defensive plays Major League Baseball has to offer. I say defense because most offensive highlights these days are home runs, guys staring at their home runs or end of game moments that range from a walk to a grand slam and all finish with a sea of home team players streaming onto the field. Then again, maybe we can get a 450 foot blast in here once in a while, can’t we?
On to the clips.
Josh Reddick–Reddick was plucked by Oakland in a trade that sent the now injured Andrew Bailey to Boston. He has been the A’s best offensive player so far which resulted in his being selected to this season’s All Star Game. However, the one play that stood out for me was this laser he fired during a game in April that reminded me of Ichiro’s throw in 2001 that is still shown today. Click here and watch this cannon.
Mike Baxter-MLB Network recently ran the Top 75 Plays in the First Half as voted on by Facebook users. I watched the last 35 minutes of this program and it is incomprehensible that this catch to preserve Johan Santana’s no-hitter did not make the top 44. Baxter literally sacrificed his body on this play as he was taken off the field and hasn’t been seen since then. If you haven’t seen it, please watch it now.
Brandon Phillips–Double plays are fun to watch. Watching Brandon Phillips play defense is fun. So why not combine the two? Phillips is a magician in the field and a pretty fine offensive player as well and is a major reason why the Reds are in first place at the moment. Here is one of the many plays that make the 2nd baseman a nightly highlight reel.
Cameron Maybin-Like Phillips, Maybin is a bet to make the highlight reel every night. He is the perfect guy to play in the vast outfield of Petco Park. His glove and now his bat are showing people why the Marlins wanted him when they traded Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers. What follows is one of the best catches that will be made in 2012. Click here and enjoy the play calling of the great Dick Enberg.
I hope you enjoyed the videos. There are countless others out there but these are the ones that stick out for now. I’ll get some more to you soon.
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