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For Javier Baez, making acrobatic tags is 'just natural'

For Javier Baez, making acrobatic tags is 'just natural'

Ben Zobrist says it is the quickest he has ever seen.

And often it is the most acrobatic.

Javier Baez is a human highlight reel when it comes to applying tags, an underrated but important defensive skill that can defuse rallies and alter the outcomes of games.

And there's a surprising reason Baez is so good at it.

"Because I'm a lefty," the Cubs infielder said. "I write lefty, I eat lefty, I even can hit lefty. With that on my glove side, I have really quick hands. I let the ball travel, and as soon as I catch it, my hand goes down to the tag."

As a young boy in Puerto Rico, Baez was a left-handed-hitting and -throwing outfielder while his...

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