They're calling it the defensive play of the year, and it came after Yoenis Cespedes initially misplayed the ball.
The Oakland A's left fielder was pursuing a one-hit double by Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning of a 1-1 tie Tuesday. Cespedes let the ball bounce off his glove and it caromed into foul territory, which seemingly was going to allow the Angels' Howie Kendrick to score all the way from first base.
But when Cespedes finally retrieved the ball, he turned and uncorked a 300-foot bullet that went on the line to catcher Derek Norris, who tagged out a stunned Kendrick.
Angels manager Mike Sciosciai argued the call to no avail, and after the game with reporters, he referred to the throw as "a guided missle."
“When the ball rolled into the corner, I thought Howie would score standing up,” Scioscia said. “Cespedes picked the ball up and threw a guided missile that was right on the money. It was just an incredible throw from that distance, from that angle, everything. That was a special play.”
The Angels eventually prevailed 2-1 in 14 innings.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun