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Here’s Austin Wates’ incredible, over-the-wall catch

May 7, 2012, 9:27 PM EST

In case you haven’t seen it yet, Austin Wates, an Astros prospect playing at Double-A Corpus Christi, made the catch of the year so far, robbing San Antonio’s Nathan Freiman of a home run Sunday.

  1. Gonzo - May 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    All my life I thought it was a homer if you caught the ball but fell over the fence.

    • paperlions - May 7, 2012 at 10:08 PM

      I was under the impression that was the case as well….I’m pretty sure that the fielder has to touch the ground with at least one foot and the ball in his possession for it to be an out (after which the fielder can fall over the fence)….otherwise, if the fielder catches the ball outside the field of play in fair territory…..it is supposed to be a HR.

    • CJ - May 7, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      Ball in glove before ball touches ground = out. Doesn’t matter if you’re in the stands along the baselines, the bullpen, or if you swam out to the bay among the kayaks and made the catch.

      Otherwise, all those catches diving into the stands along the baselines are just foul balls. The rules are applied consistently regardless of where they are on the field(well, that’s the theory anyway, consistent rules in baseball is hardly common practice).

    • bbil2012 - May 8, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Obviously you don’t watch YES network where they replay an entire Red Sox-Yankees early July game from eight years ago just so we can see (again for the millionth time) Derek Jeter dive flat out into the stands to catch a foul ball for the out.
      If it’s caught, you’re out.

      • bbil2012 - May 8, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        Oh,pardon me. I just saw this for the 1,000,001 time and Jeets caught the ball before he went into the stands. I’m glad I finally got this straight. Thanks YES.

  2. dpeter11 - May 7, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    You guys need to read the rule book. As long as the fielder has his feet over the field of play,not in contact with the ground, it is a catch and an out.

    • 32bigg - May 8, 2012 at 5:57 AM

      You need to read the pretentiousness handbook. It states that being a baseball snob is bad form.

  3. stex52 - May 7, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    And the really good news is he doesn’t have many people ahead of him on the depth -)

  4. Chipmaker - May 7, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Sweet.

  5. papalurchdxb - May 7, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    a great catch, made all the more spectacular by the fact his team-mate tried his hardest to steamroller him!

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