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Kurt Suzuki made the catching play of the year last night

Apr 14, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

The Athletics’ Kurt Suzuki made the defense play of the year, catchers’ division, in last night’s loss to the Mariners. Check it out here.

Catching the ball would have been highlight enough. The fact that he caught it, stayed on his feet, saw Chone Figgins running and then threw a perfect strike down to Kouzmanoff at third made it nothing short of spectacular.

I caught when I played Babe Ruth baseball when I was 15. I wouldn’t have been able to run back to the backstop, pick up the ball I missed by 5 feet, and then run back to the plate before the runner at second was back in the dugout after having scored, gotten a drink and found his glove for the next half inning.

  1. lar @ wezen-ball - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Is it okay to call something Kurt Suzuki does “ninja”? Because that was some serious ninja stuff right there. Awesome play. And you gotta love the look on the runner’s face… “You’re kidding, right?”

  2. APBA Guy - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    From ATH comments on this play earlier today:
    “No doubt today that play is being rerun in a dark room deep in the bowels of Fenway Park, where faceless men of evil plot to destroy the A’s carefully crafted chemistry.”

  3. Ryan - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Meh, I see a good play, but I’m not sure this play has much value apart from highlighting Chone Figgins making a ballsy, albeit stupid decision.

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