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Great Moments In Sports
#1
I saw this article at The Blaze last month, and I have to say that I was really impressed by right fielder Yasiel Puig's ability to throw so hard and so accurately.  He makes the near impossible look like an every-day occurrence.  Here's what I mean.

Puig cuts down Story




This is such a great play, that Puig deserves a hefty bonus for such a daring feat.  

However, the reporters very first words in the article seemed so logical at the time: "It’s unlikely anyone will ever challenge Yasiel Puig’s arm again."

Well, think again.  Its apparent that Toronto Blue Jays player Darwin Barney was not informed of Puig's earlier work of art. Watch this.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v664227283/ladtor...nd-for-out
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#2
Willie Mays & Roberto Clemente did stuff like that, too.
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(05-07-2016, 10:37 AM)Palladin Wrote: Willie Mays & Roberto Clemente did stuff like that, too.

Well then, go and get some videos showing all this, and then post them here.

If you have trouble doing it, just ask for help, and "ye shall receive". S22
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(05-07-2016, 10:37 AM)Palladin Wrote: Willie Mays & Roberto Clemente did stuff like that, too.

In the same era, Al Kaline in the American League and Roberto Clemente in the National League were considered the number one fielders. I don't know how good Yasiel Puig is in comparison, now - it is a little early in his career to make that decision. ...And the Dodgers keep benching him for non-productivity. Kaline and Clemente were the same level (The very best) over their entire careers with no lapses. I have never seen an arm like Kaline's. His throws to the plate from RF were almost always strikes - not even a bounce - and low enough on a line for the cut-off man. The other thing I remember about Kaline was how he would throw out batters at first base from the outfield, robing them of singles.

I admit I get frustrated when I see pros who get paid millions of dollars a year, who can't bunt, don't set up their throws before they catch a fly, make lazy one-handed catches, and don't run out every infield play. I used a Kaline glove, myself, when I played. His bat's handle was a bit narrow for my grip and I would break too many of them. A Yogi Berra bat was perfect for my swing and my wallet.

Yoenis Cespedes is a current player who scares baserunners. They simply do not try to score or even take what is normally considered a safe base with him fielding the play.

Roberto Clemente led his league five times in outfield assists and ranked second four times.

Al Kaline led the AL three times and was second twice.
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#5
Let's not just talk about it, but lets show it so others can watch it as well. There have to be all sorts of videos showing all these awesome plays.
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(05-08-2016, 10:01 PM)WmLambert Wrote: ...an arm like Kaline's. His throws to the plate from RF were almost always strikes - not even a bounce (24 sec.)


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#7
...Couldn't find any good videos on bad bunting. But here's a fake bunt. (Papi let a strike go by.)


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#8
Roberto was really special. Here's a throw (1:20)


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#9
Here's what I really mean:

Willie Mays 54 World Series Catch- The Catch




Or how about this one?

The Greatest Homerun Ever: Bill Mazeroski 1960 Walkoff Homerun


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#10
And not just baseball either:

Roger Bannister breaks the four minute mile


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#11
Very little preserved film for Mays and Roberto. Roberto looked like he was hopping when he ran he bounced so high. Both men caught routine flies with basket catches. Both stole bases, powerful arms, awesome hitters.

I always felt like Mays was the best I saw.  I dreaded seeing him against the Braves. Richie Allen always scared me to death, too.

In person, Aaron and Barry Bonds are the 2 best I got to see in Atlanta. One of the best hitters I got to see (awful fielder) was Rico Carty. "The big boy". Braves won the 69 west title and in the post game interview, Milo Hamilton bragged on Rico for a nice fielding play. Rico answered, "Milo, the beeg boy can do it"!
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#12
I almost added some videos of Mark Fidrych (The Bird), but I got stuck enjoying them all too much. What a great pitcher he was for one year!
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(05-10-2016, 01:59 PM)WmLambert Wrote: I almost added some videos of Mark Fidrych (The Bird), but I got stuck enjoying them all too much. What a great pitcher he was for one year!

Almost? Have you suddenly suffered a stroke? Spiteful
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(05-10-2016, 02:14 PM)John L Wrote:
(05-10-2016, 01:59 PM)WmLambert Wrote: I almost added some videos of Mark Fidrych (The Bird), but I got stuck enjoying them all too much. What a great pitcher he was for one year!

Almost?  Have you suddenly suffered a stroke?  Spiteful

No, but in that era, there weren't dedicated videos of just one player - you need to sit through long games to pull out a few gems. Maybe someone will edit a good highlight reel for him.
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(05-10-2016, 02:28 PM)WmLambert Wrote:
(05-10-2016, 02:14 PM)John L Wrote:
(05-10-2016, 01:59 PM)WmLambert Wrote: I almost added some videos of Mark Fidrych (The Bird), but I got stuck enjoying them all too much. What a great pitcher he was for one year!

Almost?  Have you suddenly suffered a stroke?  Spiteful

No, but in that era, there weren't dedicated videos of just one player - you need to sit through long games to pull out a few gems. Maybe someone will edit a good highlight reel for him.

There are actually videos that use discussion AND still pictures to illustrate the video. Have you tried them? No excuses Bill.
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(05-10-2016, 02:40 PM)John L Wrote: ...There are actually videos that use discussion AND still pictures to illustrate the video.  Have you tried them?  No excuses Bill.

Yeah, I went through them first. I will not share those God-awful slide shows of baseball cards while
. If you must see one, then I'll relent and present:




Just look at those pitches he was throwing. Everything on the bottom of the strike zone - never more than a few inches off the corner. I wish they had radar guns back then, because even his curves look like they were zipping in at the century mark. Some of the greatest hitters of all time walked off after batting against him with a dazed expression on their faces. More fun to watch than any pitcher I ever saw, including the Big Unit or Denny McClain.



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#17
On the light side:

   

He won't make the play, though. He forgot the bow.
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#18
He could have at least settled for a 'cello' instead. S13
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#19
Or a bassoon! S1
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#20
If one must steal a base, then a base is what must be stolen. ...not a cello or a bassoon.

However, near approximations are sometimes allowed:




The explanation here:

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