We are knocking on the doorstep of 2013 and with it the promise of Spring Training about six weeks away. Although it is cold outside, writing about baseball and scanning mlb.com for material makes my body forget that the temperature is lower than my age. Before we turn the page to next year, let’s look at some outstanding gems from the 2012 season. Maybe this type of post can become more frequent during the 2013 season. Instead of searching other places on the Internet, catch some great highlights all on one site. Mine.
Ben Revere will be trading uniforms next year, going from the Minnesota Twins to the Philadelphia Phillies. Revere has flashed some tremendous leather during his time in Minnesota and the city of Philadelphia will enjoy this human highlight film. The Twins’ fans’ loss becomes the Phillies’ fans’ gain.
Not known for his glove, Travis Snider of the Pittsburgh Pirates made one of the great catches you will ever see. Outside of this a handful of other plays, not much went right for the Bucs during the second half of 2012. Maybe Pittsburgh’s fortunes will climb in 2013 much like Snider scaling the wall.
Every time I post a blog about great defense, Brandon Phillips is sure to be included. Not only is the Cincinnati Reds‘ second basemen a standout ballplayer, he is one of the best interviews in the game. I am glad Cincy has him under contract until 2018.
Mike Trout was THE name in baseball in 2012. The Los Angeles Angels phenom easily won Rookie of the Year honors and placed second in the American League MVP race. It is about time he was on the other end of the highlight reel, courtesy of Seattle Mariners outfielder Casper Wells.
Michael Bourn is still a man without a team. His previous employer, the Atlanta Braves decided to go in another direction by signing B.J. Upton. Whoever signs Bourne will be treating their fans to a plethora of plays such as this one.
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