Posted July 23, 2013

Watch: Yasiel Puig, Jason Heyward provide the catches of the day

Jason Heyward, Yasiel Puig

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There was a Dodgers game tonight, which means Yasiel Puig was contractually obligated to do something ridiculous, be it throw a runner out at third from right field or hit an infield triple or score from second on a groundout (Hint: he actually has done two of these three things). In Los Angeles’ 14-5 win over Toronto, Puig lived up to his end of the deal by robbing J.P. Arencibia of extra bases with a running, leaping catch that made him intimately familiar with Rogers Centre’s right-field wall. Plus, he even got to unleash his what-must-surely-be-robotic right arm with a laser past first base on the throw back in.

He wasn’t alone in brilliant catches, though. In New York, Jason Heyward went full-extension to take away a potential game-winning, extra-bases hit from the Mets’ Justin Turner. That catch capped off a rally by the Braves that saw them break up a no-hitter, go ahead thanks to a passed ball, and ultimately win even though closer Craig Kimbrel turned in a rare rough outing. Also, he slid about 10 feet after the catch, which looks like a lot of fun.

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You can check out the full video of Puig’s catch here and Heyward’s catch here. Judge for yourself which one is best, though the reaction from Kimbrel and the Braves’ Reed Johnson on Heyward’s catch suggests that they’ve already voted for J-Hey.

GIFs courtesy Chad Moriyama and Josh Gold-Smith.

4 comments
RD
RD

Tired of hearing about Puig.  He makes a decent catch (a catch 95% of outfielders would make) and it's made out like he made the catch of the century.  If he wasn't in LA he wouldn't be getting near this much PR.

The_Sports_Dude
The_Sports_Dude

I'm a Dodger fan, but Heyward's catch preserved a win.  Puig's catch preserved a blowout.  Not bad for a couple right-fielders playing center.

Michael10
Michael10

Where in the world was Puig throwing that ball? It wasn't to the catcher, the first baseman OR the cutoff man -- the dugout maybe?

DaryllDorman
DaryllDorman

@Michael10 that is the danger with a great arm like his...lots of missed cutoff's and the occasional REALLY bad throw in! ie. dugout or stands.  Of course the ones he makes are worthwhile though.